2016 Olivier Award Nominations Announced

335335_770_previewAs Broadway’s spring season just gets underway and prepares to fully hit the stage in the coming weeks, London is coming to the end of another year!  London’s West End has just presented a spectacular season filled with diverse productions, remarkable revivals and more from both Britain and Broadway. So who stood out the most in a season of hits? Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the 2016 Olivier Award nominations have been announced!

8407_1055062367889620_4227151245070597689_nThis morning, Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton took the stage at Rosewood London (Pictured Right) to kick off the 2016 London theatre season awards. Announcing nominations for The Olivier Awards, the highest honor for theatre in the United Kingdom, the two prepared to usher the awards into their 40th year now in London, which began in 1976. The awards, renamed for Lord Olivier in 1984, are presented through The Society Of London Theatre and cover more than just musicals and plays. Dance, opera and most staged productions in London’s West End are eligible for awards. They offer a wider range of awards compared to The Tony Awards with several awards also named after corporate sponsors.

Here are the nominations for the 2016 Olivier Awards:

Best Revival

  • Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton
  • The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Best New Comedy

  • A Christmas Carol at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Hand To God at Vaudeville Theatre
  • Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Apollo Theatre

Best Costume Design

  • Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
  • Hugh Durrant for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
  • Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre
  • Katrina Lindsay for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design

  • Hildegard Bechtler for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
  • Es Devlin for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
  • Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre
  • Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

  • Neil Austin for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
  • Natasha Chivers for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
  • James Farncombe for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
  • Mark Henderson for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Sound Design

  • George Dennis for The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios 1
  • Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
  • Christopher Shutt for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Christopher Shutt for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Best New Opera Production

  • Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House
  • The Force Of Destiny at London Coliseum
  • Morgen Und Abend at Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

  • English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum
  • Felicity Palmer for The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum
  • Sir Antonio Pappano for his conducting of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Guillaume Tell and Król Roger at Royal Opera House
  • Tamara Wilson for The Force Of Destiny at London Coliseum

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton
  • Michael Pennington for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
  • Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • David Suchet for The Importance Of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
  • Michele Dotrice for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
  • Melody Grove for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre
  • Catherine Steadman for Oppenheimer at Vaudeville Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

  • Barbarians at The Clare at Young Vic
  • Phil Dunster for his role in Pink Mist at Bush Theatre
  • Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre
  • Violence And Son at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

  • Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre
  • The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre
  • People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best Actor

  • Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
  • Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
  • Adrian Lester for Red Velvet at Garrick Theatre
  • Mark Rylance for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Best Actress

  • Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
  • Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
  • Nicole Kidman for Photograph 51 at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse
  • Lia Williams for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best Entertainment and Family

  • Alice’s Adventures Underground at The Vaults
  • Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Vic
  • I Want My Hat Back at National Theatre, Temporary Theatre
  • Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre

Best New Dance Production

  • He Who Falls (Celui Qui Tombe) by Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois at the Barbican
  • Romeo Et Juliette by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo at London Coliseum
  • Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

  • Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House
  • Javier De Frutos for his choreography of Anatomy Of A Passing Cloud at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
  • Sasha Waltz for her choreography of Sacre at Sadler’s Wells

Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music

  • Bend It Like Beckham – Music by Howard Goodall, Lyrics by Charles Hart and Orchestrations by Howard Goodall andKuljit Bhamra at Phoenix Theatre
  • Farinelli And The King – Claire van Kampen for Musical Arrangements, the Musicians and Iestyn Davies and the Singers who alternated the singing role of Farinelli at Duke of York’s Theatre
  • In The Heights – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda at King’s Cross Theatre
  • Kinky Boots – Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus at Adelphi Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer

  • Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre
  • Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
  • Stephen Mear for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
  • Jerry Mitchell for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best Director

  • Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
  • Matthew Dunster for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
  • Jonathan Kent for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
  • Dan Burton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
  • Peter Davison for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
  • Gavin Spokes for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • Preeya Kalidas for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre
  • Amy Lennox for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
  • Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
  • Emma Williams for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

Best Musical Revival

  • Bugsy Malone at Lyric Hammersmith
  • Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre
  • Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
  • Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical

  • Ian Bartholomew for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Killian Donnelly for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
  • David Haig for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre
  • Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
  • Jamie Parker for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical

  • Tracie Bennett for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre
  • Laura Pitt-Pulford for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
  • Sophie Thompson for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

MasterCard Best New Musical

  • Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre
  • In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
  • Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
  • Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

12670231_962364190507201_8131808301953794307_nCongratulations to all of those nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award! A very exciting time for London and it’s West End theatre scene in what has shown to be a diverse year for the stage there. Two big American musicals, Gypsy and Kinky Boots (Pictured Right), topped the list for musicals this season appearing in various categories with Gypsy scoring eight nominations and Kinky Boots seven including Best New Musical. Another American musical, In The Heights, created by Lin-Manual Miranda currently known for his Broadway blockbuster Hamilton managed to top the list even scoring a Best New Musical nomination. The British-born hit Bend It Like Beckham musical, which recently ended it’s west End run, rounded out the Best New Musical category among other nominations. Shakespeare’s Globe received 10 nominations all together between its productions Farinelli And The King and Nell Gwynn. Imelda Staunton, who has already won three Olivier Awards, scored her 11th nomination for playing Mama Rose in Gypsy this past season.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the 40th Annual Olivier Awards in London’s West End! The Olivier Awards are set to take place April 3rd, 2016 at The Royal Opera House! Click here if you are interested in purchasing tickets to the event available to the public!  For more information, visit The Olivier Awards Official Website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) Of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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