WhatsOnStage Award Nominations 2021

The nominees for the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards have been announced and we're delighted to have a host of UA clients nominated.


Best Performer In A Male Identifying Role In A Musical:

Eddie Redmayne – Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.


Best Performer In A Female Identifying Role In A Musical:

Samantha BarksFrozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Jessie Buckley – Cabaret at Playhouse Theatre - Kit Kat Club


Best Supporting Performer In A Female Identifying Role In A Musical:

Obioma Ugoala – Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.


Best Performer In A Male Identifying Role In A Play:

Richard ArmitageUncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre

James McAvoyCyrano de Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre


Best Performer In A Female Identifying Role In A Play:

Lily Allen2:22 A Ghost Story at Noël Coward Theatre


Best Supporting Performer In A Female Identifying Role In A Play:

Jonathan SayerMagic Goes Wrong at Vaudeville Theatre & Apollo Theatre


Best Supporting Performer In A Male Identifying Role In A Play:

Akiya HenryThe Tragedy of Macbeth at Almeida Theatre


Best New Musical:

Cinderella - Co-written by Emerald Fennell and Starring Georgina Castle,

Frozen - Starring Samantha Barks, Obioma Ugoala, with lighting design by Neil Austin.

Pretty Woman the Musical – Starring Danny Mac.

Moulin Rouge! – Starring Jamie Bogyo


Best Musical Revival:

Cabaret  - Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jessie Buckley, Elliot Levey and Cast by Stuart Burt.

Carousel - Starring Sam Mackay

Rent – Starring Alex Thomas-Smith, with Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves


Best New Play

2:22 A Ghost Story - Starring Lily Allen

Leopoldstadt – Written by Tom Stoppard, starring Alexis Zegerman, Clara Francis, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon with Lighting Design by Neil Austin and Sound Design by Adam Cork

Magic Goes Wrong - Vaudeville Theatre & Apollo Theatre - Starring Jonathan Sayer

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) - With lighting by Colin Grenfell

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - With illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison


Best Play Revival

Constellations Shyvonne Ahmmad who was understudy to the lead female role

Cyrano de Bergerac - Starring James McAvoy, Nima Taleghani and Cast by Stuart Burt

The Normal Heart - with Liz Carr and Danny Lee Wynter

The Tragedy of Macbeth - Starring Emun ElliottMichael Abubakar and Akiya Henry

Uncle Vanya  – Starring Richard Armitage, Dearbhla Molloy and with Music by Stephen Warbeck


Best Off-West End Production

My Son's A Queer (But What Can You Do?) - With Lighting Design by Jai Morjaria and Sound Design by Tingying Dong.

Old Bridge - With ​Sound Design by Max Pappenheim

The Last Five Years - Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle


Best Regional Theatre Production:

Bedknobs and Broomsticks the Musical - UK tour directed by Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds with set design and illusions also by Jamie Harrison,

Bloody Elle - Written and Performed by Lauryn Redding with Sound Design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Rent - Starring Alex Thomas-Smith, with Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves

What's New Pussycat? – Starring Kelly Price with Video Design by Akhila Krishnan


Best West End Show:

The Play That Goes Wrong - Written by Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and with Associate Director Sean Turner 


Best Set Design:

Jamie HarrisonBedknobs and Broomsticks the Musical, UK tour

Best Lighting Design:

Neil Austin – Frozen


Best Sound Design:

Adam Cork – Leopoldstadt

Ben and Max RinghamCyrano de Bergerac


Best Video Design:

Akhila KrishnanWhat's New Pussycat?


Voting will open after the shortlist is revealed, closing on Friday 21 January 2022, with the winners being announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday 27 February 2022.

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