The news just came in. Alexandra Burke and Elaine Paige were hosing this year’s nominations this afternoon while it was announced that Catherine Tate will host the 42nd annual awards on 8th April at the Royal Albert Hall.
I’m pleased that a large majority of the shows, which have been nominated, are shows I’ve already seen and are on my to-do list already. However, there are other shows (plays, operas, musicals, comedies) which I put on the sideline that I’m now reconsidering having read the nomination list. If the Laurence Olivier judges are nominating them, it must mean something, right?
Having had a glance at the nominations, I’ve created a summary to make it a bit easier to read, as opposed to the long list of awards with the nominations. I’ve provided the shows with the most nominations first, so you can see what they have been awarded. That way you can jump to the show you want to know about immediately.
Another observation is that some nominees are shared, e.g. Outstanding achievement in music (orchestra under Nicholas Skilbeck and music director (Nigel Lilley), so there are two people to one nomination which seems unfair. I hope they get an award each. I’ve indicated where this is below. So, let’s get this show on the road! This is what the judges decided.
Hamilton Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre has won 13 nomination including Best New Musical, Best Director (Thomas Kail), Best Costume Designer (Paul Tazewell), Best Sound Design (Nevin Steinberg), Best Lighting Design (Howell Binkley), Best Actor in a Musical (Giles Terera and Jamael Westman), Best theatre Choreographer (Andy Blankenbuhler), Outstanding Achievement in music (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Best Actress in a supporting role in a musical (Rachel John) and Best actor in a supporting role in a musical (Michael Jibson, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September).
I haven’t seen the musical yet, but I’m looking forward to July when I will be able to sing all the songs that everyone has been going on about. It must be amazing if it was nominated 13 times.
Follies, National Theatre has won 10 nominations (my review here) including Best actress in a supporting role in a musical (Tracie Bennett), Outstanding achievement in music (orchestra under Nicholas Skilbeck and music director (Nigel Lilley). Best theatre choreographer (Bill Dreamer), Best musical revival, Best actress in a musical (Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee), Best lightening design (Paule Constable), Best Costume design (Vicki Mortimer), Best set design (Vicki Mortimer) and Best director (Dominic Cooke). As noted before, I believe the Lilley and Skilbeck should receive their own Olivier award because orchestra master and music director have different roles and responsibilities.
Two awards go to Vicky Mortimer with her design work for Follies. Congratulations! As I recall, Follies made me feel very emotional in a good way. I am so pleased that they are reviving this so audiences who missed it the first time can now catch up. And those who saw it and loved it can see it again.
The Ferryman, Royal Court/Gielgud Theatre has won 8 nominations (my review here) including Best Set Design (Rob Howell), Best actor in a supporting role (John Hodgkinson), Best actor (Paddy Considine), Best actress (Laura Donnelly), Best actress in a supporting role (Bríd Brennan and Dearbhla Molloy), Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best New Play.
I am absolutely thrilled for Ferryman. Although I didn’t see the original cast at the Royal court, which includes cast members that have been nominated, I can’t recommend the show enough. It’s such an exciting play. Grab a ticket! It ends soon.
Angels in America, National Theatre also triumphed with six nominations including Best Revival, Best Lighting design (Paul Constable), Best actor in a supporting role (James McArdle), Best actress in a supporting role (Denise Gough), Best actor (Andrew Garfield), and Best Director (Marianne Elliott). This was a totally brand new type of play – nothing I had ever seen before. With great actors like Garfield, Gough and McArdle, I knew I was taken care of entertainment-wise. I have my fingers crossed for this production.
Bob Dylan’s Girl From The North Country, The Old Vic has won five nominations, which has got me excited as I have plans to see the transfer at the Noel Coward Theatre this month. The nominations include Best Actress in a supporting role in a musical (Sheila Atim), Outstanding achievement in music (Bob Dylan), Best actor in a musical (Ciaran Hinds), Best actress in a musical (Shirley Henderson) and Best New Musical.
Everyone’s Talking about Jamie, Apollo Theatre has won five nominations. It is still on my to-do list and it was great to see that it recently won awards at The Offies (Off the West End.com Theatre Awards) too, which will give the cast and creative crew some confidence. The nominations include Outstanding Achievement in Music, Best theatre choreographer (Kate Prince), Best actor in a musical (John McCrea), Best actress in a musical (Josie Walker) and Best new musical.
The Royal Opera House has also been nominated for four (five) productions. BARITONE Roderick Williams has been nominated for his performance at The Roundhouse of The Return of the Ulysses. Sadly, I never got to see Roderick in action, but I recall many four and five-star reviews from the opera world. Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona have been nominated for their performances in Semiramide. I managed to see DiDonato and Barcellona in action and they were brilliant operatically. Again, I hope that these are two Olivier Awards, and not a combined one. The Royal Opera has also been nominated for dance nominations including Best new dance production (Flight Pattern) and Outstanding Achievement in Dance (Symphonic Dances). I didn’t see these dance shows, but I have to admit that their prices for dance shows are unmatched. Some tickets going for as cheap as £4 to £12.
Network, National Theatre received four nominations including Best New Play and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston. I’m still checking every day for returns. I need to see this, but it has been sold-out for ages and the tickets are roughly £50.
No surprises that Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Harold Pinter Theatre received three nominations (read my review here) including Best Actress (Imelda Staunton), Best actress in a supporting role (Imogen Poots) and Best Revival. The show was absolutely stomping. I sat in the front row and saw Staunton give it her all. She truly deserves an award for performing brilliantly in this warped play. I loved it!
The musical 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane received three nominations including Best Theatre Choreographer (Randy Skinner), Best Musical Revival and Best costume design (Roger Kirk). It still showing at the West End. This is perhaps a sign that I need to see this ASAP.
An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre won three nominations including Best new musical, best set design (Bob Crowley and 59 productions), and Best theatre (Christopher Wheeldon). Again, I never got to see this show, but I heard mixed reviews, which put me off. To my surprise, I see that it has won some nominations. Now I may reconsider checking it out.
Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre has been nominated three times for best new musical, Best actor in a supporting role in a musical (Ross Noble) and Best actress in a supporting role in a musical (Lesley Joseph). Again, I’m wasn’t sure about this musical because of mixed reviews, but I’m beginning to think I should check it out and make up my own mind.
As a massive opera fan, I’m already pleased with the news of the late designer Paul Brown. He created the sets and costumes for the English National Opera’s production of Iolanthe (read my review here). He has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. ENO’s Iolanthe is showing at the London Coliseum. If there is ever a need for a first-timer’s experience of opera, this production is perfect. I have my fingers crossed for Mr. Brown and the ENO team.
Witness For The Prosecution at London County Hall has been nominated for Best Revival. I still need to see that, but the show has been so popular that it has been extended to Autumn (Sept/October) time.
I have an interview scheduled with Rory Keenan this week, so it was great to see that Lesley Manville has been nominated for Best actress in Long Day’s Journey into Night, Wyndham’s Theatre. Can’t wait to see it in two weeks time.
I am incredibly proud and happy for Mischief Comedy as they have been nominated for Best new comedy (read my review here.) Four years ago they came on the scene with The Play That Goes Wrong, but every year their fanbase increased with hilarious, ‘ouch-this-is-so-funny, it hurts’ new productions. I am rooting for them to win.
Dry Powder at the Hampstead Theatre has been nominated for Best new comedy, but they are always sold-out. I’ll never see the show at this rate.
The ones that got away!
There are shows that also got nominated for the Olivier Awards, which sadly aren’t showing anymore. Congratulations to theatre fans who were clever enough to catch the show. They may come back again. Here they are:
Derren Brown: Underground at Playhouse Theatre got nominated for Best entertainment and family. Ink, Almeida Theatre received three nominations for Best set design (Bunny Christie), Best actor in a supporting role (Bertie Carvel), Best director (Rupert Goold) and Best new play. I never saw Oslo, which was showing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, but it received two nominations including Best New Play and Best actor in a supporting role (Peter Polycarpou). I need a time machine. I hope they bring this back so I can catch up one day. Hamlet, Almeida Theatre got three nominations including Best Revival, Best actor (Andrew Scott) and Best sound design (Tom Gibbons). Without seeing it, everyone kept going on about how great Mr. Scott’s performance was.
The full list of Laurence Olivier Award nominations, please go here.
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