Gypsy And Kinky Boots Lead The Pack For 2016 Olivier Award Nominations

Credit: Olivier Awards
Credit: Olivier Awards


The Olivier Awards
are the crowning glory in the year for London theatre, where the best of the West End is celebrated.

The nominations for the 2016 ceremony, which will take place at London’s Royal Opera House on April 3 and marks the 40th year for the awards, were announced today by West End stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. The pair who starred together in Sweeney Todd made the announcement at London’s Rosewood Hotel. Gypsy walked away with eight nominations, and Kinky Boots and The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company received seven nominations.

Here is the full list of the nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards:

Mastercard Best New Musical
Kinky Boots 
Bend It Like Beckham
In The Heights 
Mrs Henderson Presents 

Best Musical Revival
Bugsy Malone
Guys And Dolls
Gypsy
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Best Actor in a Musical
Ian Bartholomew (Mrs Henderson Presents)
Killian Donnelly (Kinky Boots)
David Haig (Guys And Dolls)
Matt Henry (Kinky Boots)
Jamie Parker (Guys And Dolls)

Best Actress in a Musical
Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
Tracie Bennett (Mrs Henderson Presents)
Imelda Staunton (Gypsy)
Natalie Dew (Bend It Like Beckham)
Sophie Thompson (Guys and Dolls)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
David Bedella (In The Heights)
Dan Burton (Gypsy)
Peter Davison (Gypsy)
Gavin Spokes (Guys and Dolls)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Lara Pulver (Gypsy)
Preeya Kalidas (Bend It Like Beckham)
Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots)
Emma Williams (Mrs Henderson Presents)

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play
Farinelli And The King 
The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
Hangmen 
People, Places And Things 

Best Revival
Hamlet
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The Winter’s Tale

Best Actor
Mark Rylance (Farinelli And The King)
Kenneth Branagh (The Winter’s Tale)
Kenneth Cranham (The Father)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet)
Adrian Lester (Red Velvet)

Best Actress
Gemma Arterton (Nell Gwynn)
Denise Gough (People, Places And Things)
Nicole Kidman (Photograph 51)
Janet McTeer (Les Liaisons Dangereuses)
Lia Williams (Oresteia)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Gatiss (Three Days In The Country)
Michael Pennington (The Winter’s Tale)
Tom Sturridge (American Buffalo)
David Suchet (The Importance Of Being Earnest)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Judi Dench (The Winter’s Tale)
Michele Dotrice (Nell Gwynn
Melody Grove (Farinelli And The King)
Catherine Steadman (Oppenheimer)

Best Director
Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh (The Winter’s Tale)
Matthew Dunster (Hangmen)
Robert Icke (Oresteia)
Jonathan Kent (Gypsy)

Magic Radio Audience Award
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jersey Boys
Disney’s The Lion King
Mamma Mia
Matilda The Musical
Les Misérables
The Mousetrap
The Phantom of the Opera
The Railway Children
Stomp
Sunny Afternoon
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Woman in Black
Thriller Live

Best Entertainment and Family
Alice’s Adventures Underground 
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax 
I Want My Hat Back
Peter Pan 
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical 

Best New Comedy
A Christmas Carol 
Hand To God 
Nell Gwynn
Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Barbarians The Clare, Young Vic
Phil Dunster for his role in Pink Mist at Bush Theatre
Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre
Violence And Son at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

Best Theatre Choreographer
Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright (Guys And Dolls)
Drew McOnie (In The Heights)
Stephen Mear (Gypsy)
Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)

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

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design
Hildegard Bechtler (Oresteia)
Es Devlin (Hamlet
Jonathan Fensom (Farinelli And The King)
Anna Fleischle (Hangmen)

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
Neil Austin (The Winter’s Tale)
Natasha Chivers (Oresteia)
James Farncombe (People, Places And Things)
Mark Henderson (Gypsy)

Best Sound Design

George Dennis (The Homecoming)
Tom Gibbons (People, Places And Things)
Christopher Shutt (The Father)
Christopher Shutt (Hamlet)

Best Costume Design
Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots)
Hugh Durrant (Nell Gwynn)
Jonathan Fensom (Farinelli And The King)
Katrina Lindsay (Bend It Like Beckham

Best New Opera Production
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci 
The Force Of Destiny
Morgen Und Abend

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra (The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades)
Felicity Palmer (The Queen Of Spades)
Sir Antonio Pappano (Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Guillaume Tell and Król Roger)
Tamara Wilson (The Force Of Destiny)

Best New Dance Production
He Who Falls (Celui Qui Tombe)
Romeo Et Juliette 
Woolf Works 

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House
Javier De Frutos for his choreography of Anatomy Of A Passing Cloud at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
Sasha Waltz for her choreography of Sacre at Sadler’s Wells

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