Nominations announced for coveted Olivier Awards

Winners will be revealed on Sunday 8 April 2018.

West End Guide

The nominees have been revealed for this year’s coveted Olivier Awards. Celebrating the best in UK theatre, the awards mark the pinnacle of the season, rewarding the best on stage and behind the scenes.

Alongside the United States’ Tony Awards, they mark the top tier of recognition for cast and crew.

This year’s nominations heavily credit Jez Butterworth’s acclaimed The Ferryman, as well as the West End transfer of the sensational Hamilton. The moving tale of Jamie New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has also received nods for Best New Musical, Actress in a Musical, Actor in a Musical, Choreography, and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Celebrating Mother’s Day, watch real-life inspiration Jamie Campbell talk to his mum Margaret (portrayed in the show by Best Actress in a Musical nominee Josie Walker) here.

Inspired by the music of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country also celebrates nominations in the Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Hamilton, heralded both on Broadway and in the West End, receives nods for Best New Musical, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Theatre Choreographer, and Outstanding Achievement in Music for lyricist and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical also celebrates two nominations in Best Actor in a Musical, one in Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and three of the four nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. They break the record for the most nominations at the Olivier Awards.

For our features, quizzes, playlist and reviews on Hamilton, head here.

Jez Butterworth’s harrowing yet remarkably affirming The Ferryman has been nominated for Best New Play, Best Director for Sam Mendes, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Set Design.

We recently chatted to current cast member Rosalie Craig about the show and her career as part of our Women In Theatre celebration. Watch the interview below:

Rosalie Craig | Women In Theatre


The revival of 42nd Street celebrates three nominations, for Set Design, Choreography and Best Revival. The show welcomes new cast from the 19 March 2018, including Lulu as Dorothy Brock. Find out more here.

Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville, recognised for her role in Phantom Thread, also now receives an Olivier Award nod for Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Here are those nominations in full:

Best New Musical
An American In Paris
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Girl From The North Country
Young Frankenstein

Best New Play
The Ferryman

Best Director
Dominic Cooke – Follies
Marianne Elliott – Angels In America
Rupert Goold – Ink
Thomas Kail – Hamilton
Sam Mendes – The Ferryman

Best Actress
Laura Donnelly – The Ferryman
Lesley Manville – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Imelda Staunton – Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Best Actor
Paddy Considine – The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston – Network
Andrew Garfield – Angels In America
Andrew Scott – Hamlet

Outstanding Achievement In Opera
Paul Brown for his set and costume design in Iolanthe
Joyce Didonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide
Roderick Williams for his performance in the Royal Opera’s The Return of Ulysses

Best New Opera Production
La Boheme
The Exterminating Angel

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Brid Bernnan – The Ferryman
Denise Gough – Angels In America
Dearbhla Molloy – The Ferryman
Imogen Poots Who’s Afraid of Virinia Woolf?

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Bertie Carvel – Ink
John Hodgkinson – The Ferryman
James McArdle – Angels In America
Peter Polycarpou – Oslo

Best Set Design
Bunny Christie – Ink
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions – An American In Paris
Bob Howell – The Ferryman
Vicki Mortimer – Follies

Best Costume Design
Hugh Durrant – Dick Whittington
Roger Kirk – 42nd Street
Vicki Mortimer – Follies
Paul Tazewell – Hamilton

Best Sound Design
Tom Gibbons – Hamlet
Gareth Owen – Bat Out Of Hell The Musical
Eric Sleichim – Network
Nevin Steinberg – Hamilton

Best Lighting Design
Howell Binkley – Hamilton
Paule Constable – Angels In America
Paule Constable – Follies
Jan Versweyveld – Network

Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
The B*easts
The Red Lion
The Revlon Girl

Best New Comedy
Dry Powder
Labour Of Love
Mischief Movie Night
The Miser

Best Revival
Angels In America
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Witness For the Prosecution

Best Actress in a Musical
Janie Dee – Follies
Shirley Henderson – Girl From The North Country
Imelda Staunton – Follies
Josie Walker – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Best Actor in a Musical
Ciaran Hinds – Girl From The North Country
John McCrae – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Giles Terera – Hamilton
Jamael Westman – Hamilton

Best Musical Revival
42nd Street
On The Town

Best Theatre Choreographer
Andy Blakenbuehler – Hamilton
Bill Deamer – Follies
Kate Prince – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Randy Skinner – 42nd Street
Christopher Wheeldon – An American In Paris

Best Entertainment & Family
David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny
Derren Brown: Underground
Dick Whittington
Five Guys Named Moe

Outstanding Achievement In Dance
Rocio Molina pushing the boundary of Flamenco in Fallen From Heaven
Francesa Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps
Zanaida Yanowsky for her performance in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dance

Best New Dance Production
Flight Pattern
Grand Finale
Tree of Codes

Outstanding Achievement in Music
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and orchestration by Dan Gillespie Sells, his debut as a musical theatre composer and orchestrator
Follies – The orchestra, under supervision of Nicholas Skilbeck and music director Nigel Lilley
Girl From The North Country – Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, original orchestrations and arrangements by Simon Hale
Hamilton – composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Sheila Atim – Girl From The North Country
Tracie Bennett – Follies
Rachel John – Hamilton
Lesley Joseph – Young Frankenstein

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Michael Jibson – Hamilton
Ross Noble – Young Frankenstein
Jason Pennycooke – Hamilton
Cleve September – Hamilton

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