The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards in which you, the audience, are the judges across all categories.
Each year, the Awards shortlists - covering the best of London theatre (and a bit beyond) - are drawn up with the help of thousands of theatregoers who log on to nominate their favourites across all 27 categories. Nominations are announced at a star-studded launch event held in early December.
Voting then opens and runs until the end of January the following year. In 2012/13, over 60,000 theatregoers logged on to vote, with leaders in many categories fluctuating dramatically from day to day. In the end, almost every year, the determination of some fields comes down to just a handful of votes.