• Becky Wallis

WhatsonStage Award 2022 Nominations Announced

Updated: Apr 27

After yet another challenging year for theatre, blighted by more enforced closures, social distancing, government-imposed isolation periods and mask wearing regulations, the WhatsonStage awards are back to celebrate all that is good and wonderful about our beloved theatre industry and all the amazing professionals who work within it.


The WhatsonStage awards are one of the biggest award ceremonies in the world of theatre and also one of the biggest to be voted for entirely by the public. With more categories then ever and many productions that deserve to be celebrated after all that they have been through, this year’s awards are lining up to be bigger and better than ever before.


The theatre loving public had a few weeks to get their votes in and today the nominations have been announced in a special live stream. Who is getting your vote?

Moulin Rouge - The Piccadilly Theatre Credit Matt Crockett

The nominees include


Best performer in a male identifying role in a musical


· Roger Bart – Back to the Future

· Olly Dobson – Back to the Futurez

· Arinze Kene – Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical

· Julian Ovenden – South Pacific

· Eddie Redmayne – Cabaret

· Ivano Turco – Cinderella


Best performed in a female identifying role in a musical


· Aimie Atkinson – Pretty Woman

· Samantha Barks – Frozen

· Jessie Buckley – Cabaret

· Carrie Hope Fletcher – Cinderella

· Beverley Knight – The Drifters Girl

· Stephanie Mckeon – Frozen


Best supporting performer in a male identifying role in a musical


· Blake Patrick Anderson – Be More Chill

· Hugh Coles – Back to the Future

· Robert Lindsey – Anything Goes

· Cedric Neal – Back to the Future

· Oliver Ormson – Frozen

· Obioma Ugoala – Frozen


Best supporting performer in a female identifying role in a musical


· Joanna Ampil – South Pacific

· Gabrielle Brooks – Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical

· Victoria Hamilton-Barritt – Cinderella

· Carly Mercedes Dyer – Anything Goes

· Millie O’Connell – Rent

· Rebecca Trehearn – Cinderella


Best performer in a male identifying role in a play


· Richard Armitage – Uncle Vanya

· Ben Daniels – The Normal Heart

· Omari Douglas – Constellations

· Hadley Fraser – 2.22 A Ghost Story

· Henry Lewis – Magic Goes Wrong

· James McAvoy – Cyrano de Bergerac


Best performer in a female identifying role in a play


· Lilly Allen – 2.22 A Ghost Story

· Gemma Arterton – Walton

· Sheila Atim – Constellations

· Emma Corrin – Anna X

· Patsy Ferran – Camp Siegfried

· Saoirse Ronan – The Tragedy of Macbeth


Best supporting performer in a male identifying role in a play


· Stephen K Amos – My Night with Reg

· Dino Fetscher – The Normal Heart

· Nathaniel Parker – The Mirror and the Light

· Richard Rankin – The Tragedy of Macbeth

· Jonathan Sayer – Magic Goes Wrong

· Jake Wood – 2.22 A Ghost Story


Best supporting performer in a female identifying role in a play


· Michelle Fox – Shining City

· Akiya Henry – The Tragedy of Macbeth

· Penny Layden – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

· Isobel McArthur – Pride and Prejudice (Sort of)

· Aimee Lou Wood – Uncle Vanya

· Nancy Zamit – Magic Goes Wrong


Best Musical Revival


· Anything Goes

· Cabaret

· Rent

· Carousel

· South Pacific

· West Side Story


Best New Musical


· Back to the future

· Cinderella

· Pretty Woman

· Frozen

· Moulin Rouge


Best New Play


· Magic Goes Wrong

· 2.22 A Ghost Story

· Pride and Prejudice (Sort of)

· J’Ouvert

· Leopoldstadt

· The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Best play revival


· Cyrano de Bergerac

· My Night with Reg

· The Normal Heart

· Constellations

· The Tragedy of Macbeth

· Uncle Vanya


Best Regional theatre production


· Bedknobs and Broomsticks

· Bloody Elle a gig musical

· South Pacific

· What’s New Pussycat?

· Rent

· West Side Story


Best off west end production


· Anything is possible if you think about it hard enough

· My Son’s a queer (but what can you do)

· Pippin

· Old bridge

· Saving Britney

· The Last Five Years

Best West End Show

· Hamilton

· Come From Away

· Les Miserables

· Wicked

· The Play That Goes Wrong


Best Choreography

· Rob Ashford – Frozen

· Kathleen Marshall – Anything Goes

· Drew McOnie – Carousel

· Shelley Maxwell – Get Up Stand Up the Bob Marley Musical

· Ann Yee – South Pacific

· Sonya Tayeh – Moulin Rouge


Best Direction

· Jamie Lloyd – Cyrano De Bergerac

· Clint Dyer – Get Up, Stand Up – the Bob Marley Musical

· Rebecca Fracknall – Cabaret

· Yaël Farber – The Tragedy of Macbeth

· Katy Rudd – The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Best Costume Design

· Gabriela Tylesova – Cinderella

· Lisa Duncan – Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical

· Christopher Oram – Frozen

· Tom Scutt – Cabaret

· Gabriella Slade – Bedknobs and Broomsticks

· Catherine Zuber – Moulin Rouge


Best set Design

· Tom Scutt – Cabaret

· Fly Davis – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

· Jamie Harrison – Bedknobs and Broomsticks

· Derek McLane – Moulin Rouge

· Tim Hatley – Back to the Future

· Christopher Oram – Frozen

Best Lighting design

· Neil Austin – Frozen

· Charles Balfour – Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical

· Tim Lutkin – Back to the Future

· Isabella Byrd – Cabaret

· Bruno Poet – Cinderella

· Justin Townsend – Moulin Rouge


Best Musical Direction

· Stephen Oremus – Frozen

· Tom Deering – Carousel

· Leo Munby – The Last Five Years

· Justine Levine – Moulin Rouge

· Katy Richardson – Rent


Best Sound Design

· Adam Cook – Leopoldstadt

· Paul Groothuis - South Pacific

· Gareth Owen – Back to the Future

· Ben and Max Ringham – Cyrano De Bergerac

· Adam Fisher – The Last Five Years

· Peter Hylenski – Moulin Rouge


Best Video Design

· Nina Dunn – The Shark is Broken

· Finn Ross – Back to the Future

· Akhila Krishnan – What’s New Pussycat?

· Finn Ross – Frozen

· Mikaela Liakata and Tal Yarden – Anna X

· Tal Yarden - Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical


Best Graphic Design

· Christopher D Clegg – The Wiz

· Feast Creative – Rent

· Feast Creative – Romeo and Juliet

· Bob King Creative – Frozen

· Muse Creative Communications – RE:EMERGE season

· Michael Nash – Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical


You can vote for who you would like to win here https://awards.whatsonstage.com/vote-now/


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