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The WhatsOnStage Awards: in numbers

We break down some big numbers for this year's WhatsOnStage Awards

The 19th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

The 19th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards are just around the corner, and we thought we'd compile some cool stats from the last 19 years of voting to share with you all! Here's to the next 19!

There are 24 awards being given out in 2019

In previous years there have been as few as 18 awards and as many as 27. It's nice to change things up once in a while!

The first WhatsOnStage Awards were held in 2001

Winners at the first ever awards included Julie Walters, Conleth Hill and Samantha Spiro, with The King and I winning Outstanding Musical Production. Interestingly, you could imagine a similar winner's roster for 2019.

5000 people voted in the first WhatsOnStage Awards

The first awards were a reaction to the Olivier Awards nominations – WhatsOnStage invited readers to vote for their favourite Olivier nominees and see who would win in a "popular" vote rather than decided by industry experts. The results varied quite a bit to the eventual Olivier winners – and so the WhatsOnStage Awards were born. Since then the number of people voting has skyrocketed.

To date, 417 awards have been given out

Every spring since 2001 we've been dishing out the awards. In 2008 we introduced the Awards Concert, with musical stars performing tracks live in front of audiences. Performers over the years have included Michael Ball, Jill Halfpenny and Alfie Boe, with some big names ready to wow attendees at this year's concert too.

Some of the Miss Saigon cast and crew with their WhatsOnStage Awards
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

The winner of the most WhatsOnStage Awards is Miss Saigon

The 2014 revival of Miss Saigon rocked the WhatsOnStage Awards in 2015 with a record nine wins out of 12 nominations – the most ever received by a single production. The most awards ever won by a play is the sell-out smash hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which won eight awards from 11 nominations. Could there be a new record holder in 2019?

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart have tied the record for the most WhatsOnStage Awards won by an actor

They've both been nominated for five awards in total and won four. Tennant's most recent win was in 2018 for Don Juan in Soho, with his son Kai picking up the award on his behalf. Other repeat WhatsOnStage Award winners include Kenneth Branagh, Sheridan Smith, Judi Dench, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Michael Ball.

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart receiving their awards
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

The awards process takes five months

From the moment the nominations are opened in November to the point at which the winners are revealed in late February or early March, it takes roughly five months to find the winners of the WhatsOnStage Awards! We like to make sure we get as many votes as possible and reflect the will of the people!

This year sees Hamilton leading the pack

Lin-Manuel Miranda's global smash musical Hamilton has stormed this year's awards nominations with a whopping 12 nods (matching Saigon), while Marianne Elliott's revival of Company follows swiftly behind with nine. Will the Founding Father hit show throw away its shot or will the WhatsOnStage Awards be turned upside down? There's only one way to find out and it involves a few weeks of waiting...

Need more WhatsOnStage Awards info? Read our guide to everything you need to know about this year's WhatsOnStage Awards

Members of the original West End cast of Hamilton during their curtain call
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage