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  • 24Emmy
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    Olivier Awards: Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, Fatboy Slim Among Nominees

    by Nancy Tartaglione    March 9, 2015 6:07am

    Nominees for British theater’s most prestigious prizes, the Olivier Awards, were announced this afternoon in London with several well-known names in the bunch. Notable acting mentions include The Imitation Game‘s Mark Strong as Best Actor in A View From The Bridge and James McAvoy in the same category for The Ruling Class (McAvoy himself presented the nominees today with Lesley Manville).

    Up for Best Actress are Gillian Anderson for her lauded turn in A Streetcar Named Desire; Kristin Scott Thomas for her heralded performance of Electra; and veterans Imelda Staunton (in Good People) and Penelope Wilton (in Taken At Midnight). The Young Vic theater scored 11 nominations — the most for a single venue — with A View From The Bridge, The Scottsboro Boys, Bull and Streetcar.

    Although the Oliviers are often associated with drama, this was a strong year for musicals. The West End production of Tony winner Memphis The Musical leads the nominations with nine total, followed by Beautiful – The Carole King Musical with eight. Each are up for Best New Musical. Both are also contending in the Outstanding Achievement in Music race which welcomes first-timers this year: Fatboy Slim and David Byrne for Here Lies Love and The Kinks’ Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon.

    Meanwhile, as BBC Two has been airing a critically acclaimed miniseries based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, there’s been synergy on the boards of the Aldwych Theatre. The RSC’s own stage take on Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies has five nominations including Best New Play.

    The Olivier Awards will be handed out in London on April 12. The list of main musical and drama nominees follows:

    BEST REVIVAL
    A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre
    A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic
    The Crucible at Old Vic
    My Night With Reg at Donmar Warehouse & Apollo Theatre
    Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    David Calder for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre
    Richard Goulding for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre
    John Light for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Phoebe Fox for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre
    The Girls playing Iris for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre
    Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre
    Lydia Wilson for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre

    WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
    Jon Clark for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre
    Paule Constable and David Plater for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre
    Howard Harrison for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
    Jan Versweyveld for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    BEST SOUND DESIGN
    Tom Gibbons for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre
    Matt McKenzie for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
    Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
    Brian Ronan for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

    BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
    Dance ‘Til Dawn at Aldwych Theatre
    Hetty Feather at Vaudeville Theatre
    La Soirée at La Soirée Spiegeltent

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Rob Jones for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
    Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre
    Paul Tazewell for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
    Alejo Vietti for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

    XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
    Bunny Christie for Made In Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre
    Es Devlin for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre
    Rob Jones for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
    Jan Versweyveld for A View From A Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    VIRGIN ATLANTIC BEST NEW PLAY
    King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre
    The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre
    Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

    BEST ACTOR
    Richard Armitage for The Crucible at Old Vic
    James McAvoy for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studio 1
    Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre
    Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS
    Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic
    Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra at Old Vic
    Imelda Staunton for Good People at Hampstead Theatre & Noël Coward Theatre
    Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

    BEST NEW COMEDY
    Handbagged at Vaudeville Theatre
    The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre
    Shakespeare In Love at Noël Coward Theatre

    MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
    Cats at London Palladium
    City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
    The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
    Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre

    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
    Bull at The Maria at Young Vic
    Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Hampstead Downstairs
    Juma Sharkah for her performance in Liberian Girl at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court
    Tanya Moodie for her performances in Intimate Apparel at Park Theatre and The House That Will Not Stand at Tricycle Theatre

    BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
    Jerry Mitchell for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre
    Annie-B Parsons for Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman
    Josh Prince for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
    Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Rupert Goold for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre
    Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre
    Josie Rourke for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
    Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    AUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
    The Orchestra for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
    David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman
    David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis Band for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
    Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
    Rolan Bell for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
    George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
    Ian McIntosh for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
    Jason Pennycooke for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
    Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre
    Haydn Gwynne for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre
    Nicole Scherzinger for Cats at London Palladium
    Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

    BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
    Jon Jon Briones for Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre
    John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
    Killian Donnelly for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
    Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
    Gemma Arterton for Made In Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre
    Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
    Tamsin Greig for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre
    Beverley Knight for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

    MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL
    Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
    Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman
    Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
    Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

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    Madson Melo
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    favorites?

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    It’s Brando’s story. Brando’s arc. She’s supporting.

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    Djoko
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    I see a Wolf Hall sweep along with Nathaniel Parker taking supporting for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. He’s reprising his role on Broadway this year and if he is nominated for Featured Actor he’ll be the Tony frontrunner bc Alex Sharpe has Lead Actor in the bag.

    Angela Lansbury also got raves in London for Blithe Spirit so I think it’s hers to lose at the Oliviers to go along with her Tony for the same show.

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    adamunc
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    The corporate naming of some of these awards gives me the creeps. How long before we see the Burger King Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical? Eek.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I would love for Penelope Wilton to win Best Actress. And I would love for the play – with her in the lead role – to come to broadway! (I have no idea who deserves to win, just my own love for this particular actress and a wish for the show to transfer here).

    One of the fun things about the Oliviers is how completely unpredictable they can be.

    I thought it was quite interesting that Skylight’s only nomination was for Best Revival – no nominations for Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. I suspect Nighy has a better chance with the Tony nominations than Ms. Mulligan has, but I can also see the possibility that Skylight could get snubbed (despite raves from the critics here).

    I don’t think Sunny Afternoon would do well on broadway but I could see it doing well off-broadway here. So many of the new british musicals are UK-centric. 

    I also must say that I wish the Tony awards website were similar to the Olivier website – they do a FANTASTIC job with their listings of the nominees, with great information and photos from the various productions!

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    Winners:

    BEST REVIVAL
    A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre

    WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
    Howard Harrison for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse

    BEST SOUND DESIGN
    Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

    BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
    La Soirée at La Soirée Spiegeltent

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

    XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
    Es Devlin for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre

    VIRGIN ATLANTIC BEST NEW PLAY
    King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre

    BEST ACTOR
    Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS
    Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

    BEST NEW COMEDY
    The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

    MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
    City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse

    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
    Bull at The Maria at Young Vic

    BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
    Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

    AUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
    Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
    George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
    Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

    BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
    John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
    Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

    MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL
    Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

    AUDIENCE AWARD
    Wicked

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    Olivier Awards @OlivierAwards  ·  2h 2 hours ago

    This is Angela Lansbury’s first Olivier Award, aged 89!

     

    Olivier Awards @OlivierAwards  ·  2h 2 hours ago

    HUGE cheers from the for Angela Lansbury!

     

    Olivier Awards @OlivierAwards  ·  2h 2 hours ago

    Angela: This is so incredible. I simply can’t believe it. I am infinitely grateful to have this baby in my hands.

     

    Olivier Awards @OlivierAwards  ·  2h 2 hours ago

    Angela: I’m feeling like a million dollars, because it’s the life and thank god I’m still in it.

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    Thrilled for Angela Lansbury, of course – 89 and winning awards for performing on the stage, which sure isn’t easy to do! (:

    And I am especially thrilled for Penelope Wilton! (: If not a transfer to broadway, how about a made-for-television movie we get to see? That particular play sounds fascinating and I love her so much too!

    I could see Sunny Afternoon as an off-broadway musical but somehow I don’t think it would do well as a broadway transfer…

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I think all of the acting winners were first time Olivier winners???

    Wolf Hall won two awards (Nathaniel Parker and Christopher Oram for his costume designs = very interesting! (:

    Thanks for sharing the winners, 24Emmy! (:

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    Penelope Wilton! Happy for her.

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