The newly announced nominations are led by Hamilton receiving 12 nominations, Company nine nominations, The Inheritance seven nominations and The Lieutenant of Inishmore with six nominations. 

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Announced by Le Gateau Chocolat today via WhatsOnStage’s social media channels, the nominations for the 19th annual awards marks the opening of the final voting stage (open until the 31st January) with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert held on 3 March 2019 at The Prince of Wales Theatre.

Talking about this year’s nominations, WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “2018 has proved an incredible year for new writing – for both musicals and plays, providing some of the strongest competition we have seen in recent years across the nominations. The calibre of work populating not just the subsidised sector, but also commercial houses across the UK, shows a shift in audience appetite for new, challenging and diverse work, and it’s thrilling to see. The WhatsOnStage Awards unashamedly celebrate the best and most popular of UK theatre; shows that our readers pay to see and vote for in their droves.”

The 2019 awards sees Hamilton leading the way with twelve nominations including Best Actor in a Musical nominations for Jamael Westman and Giles Terera who previously went head to head for the Olivier Award, with Terera winning; Best Actress in a Musical for Rachelle Ann Go; Best Supporting Actor in a Musical nominations for Cleve September and Jason Pennycooke; and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical nominations for Christine Allado and Rachel John, as well as nominations for Best New Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design.

Meanwhile, not far behind is Marianne Elliott’s production of Company with nine nominations including Best Actress nomination for Rosalie Craig and Best Set Design. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors also has six nominations including Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Vox and Best Musical Revival. Heathers the Musical and Six also came out well with six nominations each.

Leading the play nominations, Stephen Daldry’s world première production of Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part masterpiece The Inheritance lead the field with seven nominations. In addition to Best New Play, Best Director and Best Show Poster, the production dominates in the acting categories with stage veteran Vanessa Redgrave nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play, Andrew Burnap and Paul Hilton for Best Supporting Actor in a Play, and Kyle Soller for the Best Actor in a Play category. Aidan Turner has also been nominated for Best Actor  for The Lieutenant of Inishmore (one of an six nominations for Michael Grandage’s major revival of Martin McDonagh’s play) alongside Arinzé Kene for Misty, Colin Morgan for Translations, and previous WhatsOnStage Award winner Mark Gatiss for The Madness of George III. Both Translations and The Madness of George III secured five nominations each.

Now in their 19th year, the WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. Voting opens on 5th December, closing on 31 January 2019, ahead of the winners being announced at the Awards concert on 3 March 2019 at Prince of Wales Theatre.

Voting for the WhatsOnStage Awards is now open. To vote visit: https://awards.whatsonstage.com/

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