What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards

Last Update: 09 Feb 2003

Congratulations to the company of Macbeth for winning Best Shakespearian Production at the What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards!
These are the only London theatre awards in which the audience are the judges across all 20 awards categories. Voting for the 2003 Awards opened on 1 December 2002 and continued until 31 January 2003. During that time, more than 16,000 theatregoers voted (twice the number of last year), with leaders in many categories fluctuating dramatically from day to day, hour to hour.
All professional productions that opened in London between 1 December 2001 and the end of November 2002 were considered.

Voting - limited to one vote per person - was strictly monitored to allow as fair an outcome as possible and to ensure that any attempted rigging was captured. The monitoring took a number of forms and included: technical checks including 'cookies' and server IP addresses and session monitoring; and, finally, after gathering several weeks' worth of data, statistical normalisation techniques were applied to highlight and eradicate any blatant attempts to fraudulently affect the integrity of the vote. The techniques involved the analysis of the entire dataset for abnormal patterns of voting.

Votes for Best Shakespearian Production:

Hamlet - RSC at the Barbican 21.93%
King Lear - at the Almeida at King's Cross 8.83%
Macbeth - at the Albery 23.42%
Much Ado About Nothing - RSC at the Theatre Royal Haymarket 18.02%
Twelfth Night - at Shakespeare's Globe 15.67%
Twelfth Night - at the Donmar Warehouse 12.12%

Critics' awards far removed from public taste - Independent - 05 Feb 03

The full list of nominations for the 2003 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards were announced 29 November 2002 at a star-studded celebratory event held at The Venue, Leicester Square, and attended by a mix of industry figures, performers and theatregoers.

More than 1,100 real theatregoers took part in determining the shortlisted contenders across 20 awards categories including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best New Musical, Best New Play and the newly established Planet Hollywood Theatre Event of the Year.

Macbeth was nominated in four categories:

Best Actress - Samantha Bond
Best Supporting Actor - Mark Bazeley
Best Director - Edward Hall
Best Shakespearian Production

Voting for the final winners of the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards commenced Monday 2 December 2002 and continued through December and January with winners announced in February 2003.

For the full list of nominees and winners and more information, visit What's On Stage.

Click here for the 2003 What's on Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards page.

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