Steve Furst: awards are indulgent, but I love presenting them

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Steve Furst: awards are indulgent, but I love presenting them

If you're into theatre and in London this weekend, this is one date in the diary you won’t want to miss.

The What's On Stage Awards mark their 15th year.

They celebrate the very best of shows from the West End to the Best Set design and all the awards are all partly nominated by theatregoers themselves.

The award ceremony promise to be a star studded event and tickets are on sale for the public now.

On the bill to perform at the ceremony will be Memphis the Musical star Beverley Knight, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Felicia in Memphis, which is nominated for a total of ten awards.

On Sunday night the trophies, which are the only major theatre awards voted for by the public,  will be handed out at the Prince Of Wales Theatre.

The event will be hosted by Steve Furst who sat down with London Live's Louise Scodie to explain why he loves presenting award ceremonies, even if he doesn't like attending them. 

This years nominees:


Best West End Show sponsored by Tiger Films

• Les Misérables
• Matilda the Musical
• Memphis the Musical
• Miss Saigon
• Wicked

Best Actor in a Play 

• David Tennant, Richard II
• Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge
• Richard Armitage, The Crucible
• Tom Bateman, Shakespeare in Love
• Tom Hiddleston, Coriolanus

Best Actress in a Play

• Billie Piper, Great Britain
• Gillian Anderson, A Streetcar Named Desire
• Helen McCrory, Medea
• Imelda Staunton, Good People
• Lucy Briggs-Owen, Shakespeare in Love

Best Actor in a Musical

• Alistair Brammer, Miss Saigon
• Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
• Killian Donnelly, Memphis the Musical
• Marti Pellow, Evita
• Robert Lindsay, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Best Actress in a Musical 

• Beverley Knight, Memphis the Musical
• Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
• Gemma Arterton, Made in Dagenham
• Jenna Russell, Urinetown the Musical
• Madalena Alberto, Evita

Best New Play

• Great Britain
• King Charles III
• The Nether
• Shakespeare in Love
• Wolf Hall

Best New Musical sponsored

• Here Lies Love
• Made in Dagenham
• Memphis the Musical
• Sunny Afternoon
• Urinetown the Musical

Best Play Revival

• Blithe Spirit
• Coriolanus
• The Crucible
• Richard II
• A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Set Design 

• Bunny Christie, Made in Dagenham
• David Gallo, Memphis the Musical
• Nick Ormerod, Shakespeare in Love
• Soutra Gilmour, Urinetown the Musical
• Totie Driver & Matt Kinley, Miss Saigon

Best Off-West End Production

• Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse
• Forbidden Broadway, Menier Chocolate Factory
• In the Heights, Southwark Playhouse
• Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions, Tabard Theatre
• Sweeney Todd, Twickenham Theatre

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