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The shortlist of nominations for the 12th annual Whatsonstage.com Awards were announced today.

These UK theatre industry awards are nominated by and voted for purely by theatregoers and the ticket-buying public. Voting opened today and will close at the end of January 2012. You can see the full list of categories and nominees and cast your votes here!

Matilda The Musical received NINE nominations!

Best Actress in a Musical – Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram Eleanor Worthington Cox & Sophia Kiely
Best Actor in a Musical – Bertie Carvel
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Lauren Ward
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Paul Kaye
Best New Musical – Tim Minchin & Dennis Kelly
Best Director – Matthew Warchus
Best Set Designer – Rob Howell
Best Choreographer – Peter Darling
The London Newcomer of the Year – Tim Minchin

The winners will be revealed at the Awards Concert on the 19th February 2012 at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre.

If you’d like to learn more about the show, including the cast and production, or buy tickets, visit the Matilda The Musical website or catch up with the story so far of how Tim helped turn Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book into a hit musical by taking a look at this site’s Matilda Page.

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Paula on 22nd of January 2012

Roald Dahl + Tim Minchin = heaven. The songs had me in tears (laughter and sadness) – When I Grow Up captured the essence of childhood’s greatest dream of ‘growing up’. For my children it was just a song about growing up but for me it made me think do we ever really grow up? Loved the show, my favourite so far – would really love to see it again x

Georgia on 1st of January 2012

Just voted for like every single one including Matilda/Tim etc on my email and will do the same with my mum’s email and my dad’s (Just not gonna tell them) Lol

ymasonvtusa on 27th of December 2011

I have become a recent fan of this Tim Minchin fella, as we say in Vermont, USA. Heard him first on talk radio. Enjoy his wit, knowledge of the world we think we live in. He is the tops! This Matilda song writing gig? Just the beginning of a long, prosperous career, I’ll bet.

Georgia on 6th of December 2011

Well deserved! I want Adrianna back as Matilda! Although the new Matilda’s are amazing and deserve the praise! I saw this in Stratford and London – the Matilda’s I saw were Adrianna and Cleo. Every single person connected to Matilda (Lighting, directing, cast, lyrics, script e.t.c.) is AMAZING! I wish everyone in the world had the chance to see Matilda….. I’ve got a Matilda t-shirt and CD and LOVE them both more than anyone or anything! Matilda should carry on until…… well, forever!

RobS on 2nd of December 2011

@Jane Malick…A friend bought me a copy of the Cast Recording and it’s a singable thrill throughout. It also inspired me to buy the book, since I didn’t know how the songs connected to the plot.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the critics were right: Dennis Kelly’s additions to the story make it better than the original. Really good stuff, done well!!

Jane Malick -Nugent on 2nd of December 2011

Congratulations on the 9 nominations!!! I am thrilled that Tim’s brilliance is being recognized. I have only heard a few songs from Matilda the Musical and yet I am already singing them throughout the day.
Since I live in the U.S.and a visit to the U.K. is not in my immediate future,I have a very long wait before seeing it but I am feeling celebratory about Tim’s exciting and wonderful success!

Lynda, Exeter on 2nd of December 2011

Matlida is a wonderful musical and deserves every last bit of the high praise it is getting across several categories. You have my vote. x

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