2012 Olivier Awards nominations announced | Theatre reviews, news & interviews
2012 Olivier Awards nominations announced
It's a good year for Roald Dahl and comedy in the UK's most prestigious theatre awards
In how many categories is it possible for a show to be nominated for this year's Olivier Awards? Answer: 10. The producers of Matilda the Musical will be smiling from ear to ear after the nominations for next month’s awards were revealed, with the RSC’s Roald Dahl adaptation nominated in all 10. Tim Minchin is in the running for best score, and the four young actresses who share the lead are also nominated. In various categories Matilda will be up against Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre and the National Theatre’s London Road, which have five and four nominations respectively.
As for the non-musical nominations, it’s clearly a year for laughter, with both the staged Ealing Comedy The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre and the National’s One Man, Two Guvnors, now installed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, both gaining five nominations. Other intrigue includes the joint nomination, in the Best Actor category, of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. If they win, will they swap the award each night the way they swapped the roles of Frankenstein and his monster?
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 April, where the hosts will be Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, stars of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd, now at the Adelphi Theatre. It will also be shown live on BBC television via the Red Button.
BEST NEW PLAY
COLLABORATORS at the Cottesloe
JUMPY at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
THE LADYKILLERS at the Gielgud
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at the Lyttelton
ANNA CHRISTIE at the Donmar Warehouse
FLARE PATH at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Wyndham’s
NOISES OFF at the Old Vic
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
DERREN BROWN – SVENGALI at the Shaftesbury
MIDNIGHT TANGO at the Aldwych
POTTED POTTER at the Garrick
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA at the Vaudeville
CELIA IMRIE for Noises Off at the Old Vic
LESLEY MANVILLE for Grief at the Cottesloe
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS for Betrayal at the Harold Pinter
MARCIA WARREN for The Ladykillers at the Gielgud
RUTH WILSON for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse
JAMES CORDEN for One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AND JONNY LEE MILLER for Frankenstein at the Olivier
DAVID HAIG for The Madness of George III at the Apollo
DOUGLAS HODGE for Inadmissable Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse
JUDE LAW for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MARK ADDY for Collaborators at the Cottesloe
OLIVER CHRIS for One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
JOHNNY FLYNN for Jerusalem at the Apollo
BRYONY HANNAH for The Children’s Hour at the Harold Pinter
SHERIDAN SMITH for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Musical and backstage nominations overleaf
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