Prominent theatre actors converged on the H Club in London's Covent Garden to celebrate the WhatsOnStage nominations for the 20th annual WhatsOnStage Awards. A Champagne breakfast was enjoyed by the actors and creative talent, as the shortlist was announced. The winners, voted for by the theatre-going public, will be announced on 1st March 2020 at the spectacular concert at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s Theatreland. BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting the Awards Ceremony live, under the watchful eye of BBC Radio 2 Producer Al Booth, and Elaine Paige and Ken Bruce will interview the winners.
It is a considerable achievement to be nominated for these prestigious awards, and the nominees celebrated with a lavish breakfast. Among those present were Oscar-winning screenwriter, Lord Julian Fellowes, along with Zizi Strallen, the star of his new show Mary Poppins, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical. The show is produced by Disney and Sir Cameron Macintosh. Fellow cast member, Charlie Stemp, winner of the 2017 WhatsOnStage Best Actor in a Musical for Half a Sixpence, has also been nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Bert. The musical Waitress featured highly in the nominations with two actresses, Lucie Jones and Katharine McPhee vying for Best Actress in a Musical, and Laura Baldwin and Marisha Wallace for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.