Olivier Award nominations announced

Olivier Award nominations announced

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire / Credit: Johan Persson

Memphis The Musical, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A View from the Bridge and Sunny Afternoon lead the pack

The nominations for the 2015 Olivier Awards have been announced. The frontrunner, with a startling nine nominations, is Memphis The Musical, with lead actors Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly each nominated for, respectively. Best Actress / Best Actor in a Musical.

Elsewhere, the most-nominated slab of straight drama is Ivo van Hove's highly acclaimed non-naturalistic production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Its seven nominations include Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Supporting Actress for Phoebe Fox.

Elsewhere, Terry Gilliam gets a rare bit of career good luck: his against-the-odds staging for ENO of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini is up for best New Opera Production. One remarkable nomination, for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, is for the Welsh National Opera Chorus in Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito's staging of Arnold Schoenberg's thorny modernist masterpiece Moses und Aron.

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love, a musical take on the career of Imelda Marcos, is up for Best New Musical against the Kinks-themed Sunny Afternoon, but Memphis' chief rival is Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, triumphing over lukewarm London reviews with eight separate nominations, including one for Katie Brayben's career-making turn in the title role. Kevin Spacey, stepping down as Old Vic artistic director later in 2015, will be honoured with a special award.

The Olivier Award ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on 12 April, by which time the only nominees in a position to advertise their award status will be the shows that hardly need the extra publicity: the musicals. That's showbusiness.

The nominations in full:

Best revival
A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre
A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic
The Crucible, Old Vic
My Night With Reg, Donmar Warehouse and Apollo theatre
Skylight, Wyndham’s theatre

Best actor in a supporting role
David Calder for The Nether, Duke of York’s theatre
Richard Goulding for King Charles III, Almeida theatre and Wyndham’s theatre
John Light for Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket
Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Aldwych theatre

Best actress in a supporting role
Phoebe Fox for A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre
The Girls playing Iris for The Nether, Duke of York’s theatre
Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit, Gielgud theatre
Lydia Wilson for King Charles III, Almeida theatre and Wyndham’s theatre

White Light award for best lighting design
Jon Clark for King Charles III, Almeida theatre and Wyndham’s theatre
Paule Constable and David Plater for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Aldwych theatre
Howard Harrison for City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse
Jan Versweyveld for A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre

Best sound design
Tom Gibbons for A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre
Matt McKenzie for Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead theatre and Harold Pinter theatre
Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical, Shaftesbury theatre
Brian Ronan for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre

Best entertainment and family
Dance ’Til Dawn, Aldwych theatre
Hetty Feather, Vaudeville theatre
La Soirée, La Soirée Spiegeltent

Best costume design
Rob Jones for City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse
Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Aldwych theatre
Paul Tazewell for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre
Alejo Vietti for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre

XL Video award for best set design
Bunny Christie for Made in Dagenham, Adelphi theatre
Es Devlin for The Nether, Duke of York’s theatre
Rob Jones for City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse
Jan Versweyveld for A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre

Best new dance production
32 Rue Vandenbranden by Peeping Tom, Barbican
Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo by Royal Swedish Ballet, Sadler’s Wells
Tabac Rouge by Compagnie du Hanneton/James Thiérrée, Sadler’s Wells

Outstanding achievement in dance
Christopher Wheeldon for The Winter’s Tale, Royal Opera House
Crystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates – A Picture of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris, Sadler’s Wells
Rocio Molina for Bosque Ardora, Barbican
The Elders Project as part of the Elixir festival, Sadler’s Wells

Virgin Atlantic best new play
King Charles III, Almeida theatre and Wyndham’s theatre
The Nether, Duke of York’s theatre
Taken, Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Aldwych theatre

Best actor
Richard Armitage for The Crucible, Old Vic
James McAvoy for The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studio 1
Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III, Almeida theatre and Wyndham’s theatre
Mark Strong for A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre

Best actress
Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic
Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra, Old Vic
Imelda Staunton for Good People, Hampstead theatre and Noël Coward theatre
Penelope Wilton for Taken, Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket

This Morning audience award
Billy Elliot the Musical, Victoria Palace theatre
Jersey Boys, Piccadilly theatre
Matilda the Musical, Cambridge theatre
Wicked, Apollo Victoria theatre

Best new comedy
Handbagged, Vaudeville theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess theatre
Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward theatre

Magic Radio best musical revival
Cats, London Palladium
City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Regent’s Park Open Air theatre
Miss Saigon, Prince Edward theatre

Best new opera production
Benvenuto Cellini, London Coliseum
Dialogues Des Carmélites, Royal Opera House
Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Royal Opera House
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, London Coliseum

Outstanding achievement in opera
Jonas Kaufmann for Andrea Chénier and Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera House
Richard Jones for his direction of The Girl of the Golden West, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and Rodelinda, London Coliseum
Royal Opera House and Early Opera Company for their offsite programme, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Roundhouse
Welsh National Opera Chorus for Moses und Aron, Royal Opera House

Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre
Bull, The Maria, Young Vic
Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Hampstead Downstairs
Juma Sharkah for her performance in Liberian Girl, the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, the Royal Court
Tanya Moodie for her performances in Intimate Apparel, Park theatre and The House That Will Not Stand, Tricycle theatre

Best theatre choreographer
Jerry Mitchell for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (musical), Savoy theatre
Annie-B Parson for Here Lies Love, National theatre, Dorfman
Josh Prince for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre
Sergio Trujillo for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre

Best director
Rupert Goold for King Charles III, Almeida theatre and Wyndham’s theatre
Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Aldwych theatre
Josie Rourke for City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse
Ivo Van Hove for A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham’s theatre

Autograph Sound award for outstanding achievement in music
The orchestra for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for Here Lies Love, National theatre, Dorfman
David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis band for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre
Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead theatre and Harold Pinter theatre

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical
Rolan Bell for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre
George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead theatre and Harold Pinter theatre
Ian McIntosh for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre
Jason Pennycooke for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical
Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (musical), Savoy theatre
Haydn Gwynne for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown the Musical, Playhouse theatre
Nicole Scherzinger for Cats, London Palladium
Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre

Best actor in a musical
Jon Jon Briones for Miss Saigon, Prince Edward theatre
John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead theatre and Harold Pinter theatre
Killian Donnelly for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre
Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick theatre

Best actress in a musical
Gemma Arterton for Made in Dagenham, Adelphi theatre
Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre
Tamsin Greig for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown the Musical, Playhouse theatre
Beverley Knight for Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre

Mastercard best new musical
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych theatre
Here Lies Love, National Theatre, Dorfman
Memphis the Musical, Shaftesbury theatre
Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead theatre and Harold Pinter theatre

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

  • Directed by: Marc Bruni
  • Written by: Gerry Goffin (music & lyrics), Barry Mann (music & lyrics), Cynthia Weil (music & lyrics), Douglas McGrath, Carole King (music & lyrics)

Musical charting the early life and career of the singer-songwriter and her husband Gerry Goffin.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£27–£45 / 0844 338 5000

Thu 1 Feb 2018

£27–£45 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£27–£45 / 0844 338 5000

Sat 3 Feb 2018

£27–£45 / 0844 338 5000

Bristol Hippodrome

Tue 3 Apr 2018

£18–£78.50 / 0844 847 2325

Wed 4 Apr 2018

£18–£78.50 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 5 Apr 2018

£18–£78.50 / 0844 847 2325

…and 2 more dates until 7 Apr 2018

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tue 28 Nov

£15–£83 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 29 Nov

£15–£83 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 30 Nov

£15–£83 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 2 Dec

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Sunny Afternoon

  • Directed by: Edward Hall, Adam Cooper
  • Written by: Ray Davies (music & lyrics), Joe Penhall

British singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, recalls his early life and the career of the eponymous pop-rock group, The Kinks, in this musical biography set during the 1950s and 1960s. Directed by Edward Hall.

Memphis The Musical

  • Directed by: Sergio Trujillo
  • Written by: lyrics)

Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's award-winning 1950s-set musical about an ambitious disc jockey, who cultivates a new audience for his radio show by playing the music he hears in the bars and clubs on Beale Street. Directed by Christopher Ashley.

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