Nominations for the Whatsonstage Awards 2016. Winners announced: Prince of Wales Theatre, 21 February 2016.

The 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards nominees in full:

Best Actor in a Play sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Hamlet
James McAvoy, The Ruling Class
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King
Alex Hassell, Henry V

Best Actress in a Play:
Nicole Kidman, Photograph 51
Denise Gough, People, Places and Things
Lia Williams, Oresteia
Rosalie Craig, As You Like It
Harriet Walter, Death of a Salesman

Best Actor in a Musical:
Killian Donnelly, Kinky Boots
Michael Ball, Mack and Mabel
Matt Henry, Kinky Boots
Sam Mackay, In the Heights
Ben Forster, Elf the Musical

Best Actress in a Musical sponsored by STAR:
Imelda Staunton, Gypsy
Beverley Knight, Cats
Kimberley Walsh, Elf the Musical
Lily Frazer, In the Heights
Katie Brayben, Beautiful

Best Supporting Actor in a Play:
Ciaran Hinds, Hamlet
Mark Gatiss, Three Days in the Country
Bertie Carvel, Bakkhai
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Hamlet

Best Supporting Actress in a Play:
Sian Brooke, Hamlet
Anastasia Hille, Hamlet
Imogen Doel, The Importance of Being Earnest
Patsy Ferran, As You Like It
Judi Dench, The Winter’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Lucas Rush, American Idiot
Alexis Gerred, American Idiot
David Bedella, In The Heights
Jack Edwards, Mack and Mabel
Peter Davison, Gypsy

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Lara Pulver, Gypsy
Jennie Dale, Elf the Musical
Amy Lennox, Kinky Boots
Lauren Samuels, Bend It Like Beckham
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, In The Heights

Best New Play:
Hangmen
Oppenheimer
Photograph 51
People, Places and Things
Farinelli and the King

Best New Musical sponsored by Autograph:
Kinky Boots
Bend It Like Beckham
Elf the Musical
Beautiful
In The Heights

Best Play Revival:
Hamlet
Importance of Being Earnest
The Ruling Class
Death of a Salesman
Oresteia

Best Musical Revival sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe:
Gypsy
Cats
High Society
Mack and Mabel
American Idiot

Best Direction sponsored by Managed Networks:
Hamlet, Lyndsey Turner
In The Heights, Luke Sheppard
American Idiot, Racky Plews
Kinky Boots, Jerry Mitchell
Gypsy, Jonathan Kent

Best Choreography sponsored by Capezio:
Kinky Boots, Jerry Mitchell
In The Heights, Drew McOnie
High Society, Nathan M Wright
Gypsy, Stephen Mear
American Idiot, Racky Plews

Best Set Design sponsored by Feast Creative:
Hamlet, Es Devlin
American Idiot, Sara Perks
Kinky Boots, David Rockwell
In The Heights, Takis
Gypsy, Anthony Ward

Best Lighting Design sponsored by White Light:
Hamlet, Jane Cox
In The Heights, Howard Hudson
American Idiot, Tim Deiling
Kinky Boots, Kenneth Posner
Gypsy, Mark Henderson

Best Off-West End Production:
Shock Treatment, King’s Head Theatre
Carrie, Southwark Playhouse
You Won’t Succeed on Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, St James’s Theatre
Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse
Assassins, The Menier Chocolate Factory

Best Regional Production sponsored by Travelzoo:
Mack and Mabel, Chichester Festival Theatre and tour
Mary Poppins, tour
Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible and tour
Hairspray, tour
Henry V, RSC

Best West End Show:
Wicked
Les Miserables
Kinky Boots
Miss Saigon
Matilda