Sonia Friedman Productions celebrates the announcement of the 2016 Olivier Award Nominations with an astounding 20 nominations for productions including Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Farinelli and the King, Bend It Like Beckham and Oresteia.

Farinelli and the King received 6 nominations including Best New Play, Best Actor for Mark Rylance, Best Supporting Actress for Melody Grove, Best Costume Design, Best Set Design and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Bend It Like Beckham received 5 nominations, Oresteia and Hamlet 4 nominations each and A Christmas Carol was nominated for Best New Comedy.

On hearing of the nominations Sonia Friedman said: “It is extraordinary. I want to take the chance to congratulate all the writers, performers, composers, directors, designers, lighting designers, sound designers, musicians, co-producers, investors and of course my team at SFP.” She then went on to say “I also want to say a very big thank you to all the immensely talented artists involved in all the productions we produced and co-produced in 2015 /2016. Today I am feeling very proud.”

Tony Award winning sound designer Christopher Shutt was nominated for Hamlet and The Father.

Full list of SFP nominees:

Best Revival
Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Best New Comedy
A Christmas Carol at Noel Coward Theatre

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play
Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Mastercard Best New Musical
Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Best Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
Mark Rylance for Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Best Actress
Lia Williams for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best Director
Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida

Best Actress in a Musical
Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Melody Grove for Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Preeya Kalidas for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Best Costume Design
Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s Theatre
Katrina Lindsay for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Blue-I Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design
Hildegard Bechtler for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
Es Devlin for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s Theatre

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
Natasha Chivers for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best Sound Design
Christopher Shutt for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Autograph Sound 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 at Phoenix Theatre
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 at Duke of York’s Theatre