Cowbois, Hamnet and The Merchant of Venice 1936 are all up for WhatsOnStage Awards - time for you to cast your vote.

Did you love the gun-slinging swagger and costumes of Cowbois? Love Hamnet, the story that pulls back a curtain on the story of the greatest writer in the English language? Find Tracy Ann Oberman's Shylock a powerful reminder of a key moment in British history? Then vote for us in the WhatsOnStage awards!

The annual WhatsOnStage Awards are nominated and voted for by the public. This year you can vote for our shows in these categories:



Cowbois is nominated for Best Costume Design (for Designer Grace Smart) and Best New Play.

When handsome bandit Jack Cannon swaggers into a sleepy town in the Wild West, their explosive arrival inspires a gender revolution, and starts a fire under the petticoat of every one of the town’s repressed inhabitants.

Following its run in the Swan Theatre, Cowbois is playing at London's Royal Court Theatre from 11 January 2024.

Hamnet production photos_ 2023_2023_Photo by Manuel Harlan _c_ RSC_348274 (2)


Hamnet is nominated for Best New Play.

Warwickshire, 1582. Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer, meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare. Drawn together by powerful but hidden impulses, they create a life together and make a family.

Hamnet is now playing at London’s Garrick Theatre until 17 February.

Merchant of Venice social image

The Merchant of Venice 1936 

The Merchant of Venice 1936 is nominated for Best Play Revival.

London 1936, the threat of fascism grows day by day. Shylock, a widow, single mother and survivor of attacks on Jewish people in Russia, runs a small business from her home in Cable Street.

Following it's sell-out run in the Swan Theatre for 2023, The Merchant of Venice 1936 returns to Stratford-upon-Avon in January 2024.

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