29 February 2016

2016 Olivier Award Predictions


At noon today the 2016 Olivier Nominations came out, and I thought that, for once, I would do a predictions post! I’ve never really done them before, because I feel like I haven’t got anything valid to say if I haven’t seen most of the shows nominated - but this year I don’t think there are that many musicals I haven't seen! Plays are a different story - for those I've either gone for ones I've seen or ones I've read good things about. There are a few awards (mainly opera based ones) which I am completely clueless about so I've cut them out to save you from my clouded judgement! 
For each award below, I've listed all of the nominations, and underlined the one I think will win. You can find the full list of nominations here.


Best Revival
Hamlet - Barbican Theatre
Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Donmar Warehouse
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - National Theatre, Lyttelton
The Winter's Tale - Garrick Theatre

Best New Comedy
A Christmas Carol - Noël Coward Theatre
Hand To God - Vaudeville Theatre
Nell Gwynn - Apollo Theatre
Peter Pan Goes Wrong - Apollo Theatre

Best Lighting Design
James Farncombe for People, Places And Things - National Theatre, Dorfman
Mark Henderson for Gypsy - Savoy Theatre
Natasha Chivers for Oresteia - Almeida Theatre
Neil Austin for The Winter's Tale - Garrick Theatre

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

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

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

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
David Suchet for The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville Theatre
Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country - National Theatre, Lyttelton
Michael Pennington for The Winter's Tale - Garrick Theatre
Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo - Wyndham's Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role 
Catherine Steadman for Oppenheimer - Vaudeville Theatre
Judi Dench for The Winter's Tale - Garrick Theatre
Melody Grove for Farinelli And the King - Duke of York's Theatre
Michele Dotrice for Nell Gwynn - Apollo Theatre

Best New Play
Farinelli and the King - Duke of York's Theatre
Hangmen - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham's Theatre
People, Places and Things - National Theatre, Dorfman
The Father - Wyndham's Theatre

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

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

Best Entertainment and Family
Alice's Adventures Underground - The Vaults
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax - The Old Vic
I Want My Hat Back - National Theatre, Temporary Theatre
Peter Pan - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - Apollo Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer
Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright for Guys and Dolls - Savoy Theatre
Drew McOnie for In The Heights - King's Cross Theatre
Jerry Mitchell for Kinky Boots
Stephen Mear for Gypsy

Best Director
Jonathan Kent for Gypsy - Savoy Theatre
Matthew Dunster for Hangmen - Jeerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham's Theatre
Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale - Garrick Theatre
Robert Icke for Oresteia - Almeida Theatre

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

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Dan Burton for Gypsy - Savoy Theatre
David Bedella for In The Heights - King's Cross Theatre
Gavin Spokes for Guys and Dolls - Savoy Theatre
Peter Davison for Gypsy - Savoy Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Amy Lennox for Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre
Emma Williams for Mrs Henderson Presents - Noël Coward Theatre
Lara Pulver for Gypsy - Savoy Theatre
Preeya Kalidas for Bend It Like Beckham - Phoenix Theatre

Best Musical Revival
Bugsy Malone - Lyric Hammersmith
Guys and Dolls - Savoy Theatre
Gypsy - Savoy Theatre
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical
David Haig for Guys and Dolls - Savoy Theatre
Ian Bartholomew for Mrs Henderson Presents - Noël Coward Theatre
Jamie Parker for Guys and Dolls
Killian Donnelly for Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre
Matt Henry for Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical
Imelda Staunton for Gypsy - Savoy Theatre
Laura Pitt-Pulford for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham - Phoenix Theatre
Sophie Thompson for Guys and Dolls - Savoy Theatre
Tracie Bennett for Mrs Henderson Presents - Noël Coward Theatre

Best New Musical
Bend It Like Beckham - Phoenix Theatre
In The Heights - King's Cross Theatre
Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre
Mrs Henderson Presents - Noël Coward Theatre



2 comments:

  1. Great post! This year has been quite predictable for nominations, but I was happy to see a couple of surprises on the list. I'm rooting for everything In The Heights as the rest of the musicals have either only been good, or let me down sadly. Best New Musical looks like a tough category though!

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