WhatsOnStage Awards 2024: West End's Public Favourites

Published Wed, 14 February 2024

In the dazzling world of London's West End, the annual WhatsOnStage Awards have once again illuminated the stage, showcasing the public's choice for the best in theatre. Unlike traditional awards determined by industry insiders, the WhatsOnStage Awards rely on the voices of passionate theatre-goers who cast their votes online, creating an electrifying buzz within the fan community.

This year, the spotlight shines brightly on Jamie Lloyd's mesmerising production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Sunset Boulevard.' Securing an impressive seven wins, including Best Director for Jamie Lloyd and Best Performer for Nicole Scherzinger, the show's triumph is undeniable. Theatre critic Andrzej Lukowski lauded the production's 'wonderfully weird and audacious' approach, while Time Out awarded it a stellar five-star rating.

Despite 'Sunset Boulevard's' dominance, the coveted title of Best Musical went to the long-running 'Cabaret' at Playhouse Theatre, raising some eyebrows due to its extended tenure. Nevertheless, the WhatsOnStage Awards pride themselves on recognising a diverse array of productions, celebrating not only the latest sensations but also the enduring success of shows that have graced the West End for years.

Beyond the glittering marquee lights, the WhatsOnStage Awards delve into specific categories, acknowledging backstage talent, regional productions, and smaller-scale shows often overlooked elsewhere. The 2024 winners showcase the depth and breadth of the theatrical landscape, from the stellar performances of James Norton and Aimee Lou Wood to the creative brilliance of designers like Jack Knowles and Ryan Dawson Laight.

As the curtain falls on another spectacular year of West End theatre, the WhatsOnStage Awards stand as a testament to the power of democracy in the arts, allowing audiences to champion their favourites and ensuring that the stage remains a vibrant and democratic space for all. For those seeking inspiration for their next theatre outing, the full list of 2024 winners is a treasure trove of excellence, inviting theatre enthusiasts to explore the richness and diversity of London's theatrical offerings.