Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards 2022 nominations announced

The Society of London Theatre has announced the nominations for its 2022 Olivier Awards.

The nominations were announced today, 8 March, on YouTube by last year’s winners, Miriam-Teak Lee (&Juliet) and Sam Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen). Watch them announce the nominees here.

Britains’s most important theatre awards, the winners of the Olivier Awards will be revealed at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 April 2022.

The awards will be hosted by Jason Manford, and audiences at home will be able to watch highlights of the awards on ITV, and listen to the awards live on Magic Radio. Also see what we know so far about the Olivier Awards 2022.

This year’s awards are based on shows that opened between 19 February 2020 and 22 February 2022.

Cabaret, Life of Pi and Anything Goes are the big winners of the nominations, with a total of 29 nominations for these 3 shows – Cabaret bagging 11, and Life of Pi and Anything Goes getting nine each. Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Back to the Future The Musical and The Normal Heart also do well.

Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre / Kit Kat Club has swept the board, with 11 nominations, the most for any show this year. Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley are both up for leading actor awards, also director Rebecca Frecknall, supporting actors Liza Sadovy and Elliot Levey, and for Best Musical Revival.

Life Of Pi at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Lolita Chakrabarti’s stage adaptation of the bestselling novel, leads the plays, with nine nominations, including Best Actor for Hiran Abeysekera, and Best Supporting Actor for the seven performers who play ‘Richard Parker’, the puppet tiger – Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink.

Anything Goes, the Cole Porter musical which returns to the Barbican Theatre this summer, also grabbed nine nominations including Best Musical Revival, Broadway star Sutton Foster is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical, alongside Robert Lindsay, Carly Mercedes Dyer and Gary Wilmot in supporting categories, and nods for directing, choreography, orchestrations and costume design.

Back To The Future – The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre scored seven nominations, including Best New Musical, Best Original Score or New Orchestrations for Grammy-winning composers Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and orchestrators Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook. Olly Dobson is nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Marty McFly, with Hugh Coles (George McFly) up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre and Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart at the National Theatre both received five nominations each; and Disney’s Frozen The Musical is nominated for four Olivier Awards, with Stephanie McKeon up for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Anna.

Also with four nominations are Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre, and Michael Longhurst’s star-studded Donmar Warehouse production of Nick Payne’s Constellations, with Omari Douglas and Sheila Atim nominated.

Surprises in this year’s list include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, which only managed one nomination, for Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and isn’t nominated in the Best New Musical category. Neither Samantha Barks in Frozen The Musical or Carrie Hope Fletcher in Cinderella were nominated. Also the National Theatre only received nominations for one production – The Normal Heart; and the Royal Court failed to receive any. Spring Awakening at the Almeida Theatre is nominated for Best Musical Revival, but none of the talented young cast or the creatives were nominated. Roger Bart, the Broadway actor who plays Doc in Back to the Future The Musical was passed over for a nomination, although his cast mates Hugh Coles and Olly Dobson did. In terms of big stars, neither Saoirse Ronan or James McArdl got hit up forThe Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida.

Julian Bird, outgoing Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards, told the press: “I want to offer enormous congratulations to all the 2022 Olivier Awards nominees. This year’s fantastic array truly demonstrates the breadth and diversity of London’s world-leading theatre industry, and its extraordinary creativity and resilience during an extremely challenging period for our sector. After a two-year hiatus, we are delighted to be able to bring the theatre community together again to celebrate our brightest talents. I’m sure the atmosphere in the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10 April will be absolutely electric.”

Also see: The 75th annual Tony Awards 2022 – What we know so far

Full list of Olivier Awards 2022 nominations

Best New Play

  • 2:22 A Ghost Story at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Best Of Enemies at Young Vic
  • Cruise at Duchess Theatre
  • Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre

Best New Musical (sponsored by Mastercard)

Best Revival (sponsored by Cunard)

  • A Number at The Old Vic
  • Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville Theatre
  • The Normal Heart at National Theatre – Olivier
  • The Tragedy Of Macbeth at Almeida Theatre

Best Entertainment or Comedy Play (Noël Coward/Geoffrey Johnson Award)

  • The Choir Of Man at Arts Theatre
  • Pantoland At The Palladium at The London Palladium
  • Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of) at Criterion Theatre
  • The Shark Is Broken at Ambassadors Theatre

Best Musical Revival (sponsored by Magic Radio)

  • Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Spring Awakening at Almeida Theatre

Best Family Show

  • Billionaire Boy at Garrick Theatre
  • Dragons And Mythical Beasts at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • What The Ladybird Heard at Palace Theatre
  • Wolf Witch Giant Fairy at Royal Opera House – Linbury Theatre

Best Costume Design

  • Jon Morrell for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Christopher Oram for Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Tom Scutt for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Catherine Zuber for Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre

Best Sound Design (d&b audiotechnik Award)

  • Ian Dickinson for 2:22 A Ghost Story at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Carolyn Downing for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Nick Lidster for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Gareth Owen for Back To The Future – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre

Best Original Score or New Orchestrations

  • Anything Goes – New Orchestrations: Bill Elliott, David Chase and Rob Fisher at Barbican Theatre
  • Back To The Future – The Musical – Composers: Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard; Orchestrations: Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook at Adelphi Theatre
  • Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Orchestrator: Simon Hale at Lyric Theatre
  • Life Of Pi – Composer: Andrew T. Mackay at Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer

  • Finn Caldwell for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Julia Cheng for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Sonya Tayeh for Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • 7 actors who play the Tiger for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Dino Fetscher for The Normal Heart at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Nathaniel Parker for The Mirror And The Light at Gielgud Theatre
  • Danny Lee Wynter for The Normal Heart at National Theatre – Olivier

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Tori Burgess for Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of) at Criterion Theatre
  • Liz Carr for The Normal Heart at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Christina Gordon for Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of) at Criterion Theatre
  • Akiya Henry for The Tragedy Of Macbeth at Almeida Theatre

Best Set Design (Blue-I Theatre Technology Award)

  • Tim Hatley for Design and Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell for Puppets for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Tim Hatley for Design and Finn Ross for Video Design for Back To The Future – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre
  • Derek McLane for Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre
  • Tom Scutt for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

Best Lighting Design (White Light Award)

  • Neil Austin for Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Isabella Byrd for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Tim Lutkin for Back To The Future – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre
  • Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical

  • Gabrielle Brooks for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at Lyric Theatre
  • Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Cinderella at Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Carly Mercedes Dyer for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Liza Sadovy for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical

  • Clive Carter for Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre
  • Hugh Coles for Back To The Future – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre
  • Elliot Levey for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Gary Wilmot for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre

Outstanding Achievement In Opera

  • Christine Rice for her performance in 4/4 at Royal Opera House
  • takis for set and costume design of HMS Pinafore by English National Opera at London Coliseum
  • Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra for Bajazet at Royal Opera House – Linbury Theatre

Best New Opera Production

  • Bajazet at Royal Opera House – Linbury Theatre
  • The Cunning Little Vixen by English National Opera at London Coliseum
  • Jenůfa at Royal Opera House
  • Theodora at Royal Opera House

Best Actor In A Musical

  • Olly Dobson for Back To The Future – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre
  • Arinzé Kene for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at Lyric Theatre
  • Robert Lindsay for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

Best Actress In A Musical

  • Jessie Buckley for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Sutton Foster for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Beverley Knight for The Drifters Girl at Garrick Theatre
  • Stephanie McKeon for Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Outstanding Achievement In Dance

  • Acosta Danza for De Punta A Cabo in 100% Cuban at Sadler’s Wells
  • Dancers for NDT2 Tour at Sadler’s Wells
  • Arielle Smith for her choreography of Jolly Folly in Reunion by English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells
  • Edward Watson for his performance in The Dante Project at Royal Opera House

Best New Dance Production

  • Draw From Within by Rambert Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells
  • Revisor by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young / Kidd Pivot at Sadler’s Wells
  • Transverse Orientation by Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells at Sadler’s Wells

Best Actress

  • Lily Allen for 2:22 A Ghost Story at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Sheila Atim for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville Theatre
  • Emma Corrin for Anna X at Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Cush Jumbo for Hamlet at Young Vic

Best Actor

  • Hiran Abeysekera for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Ben Daniels for The Normal Heart at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Omari Douglas for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville Theatre
  • Charles Edwards for Best Of Enemies at Young Vic

Best Director (Sir Peter Hall Award)

  • Rebecca Frecknall for Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Michael Longhurst for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville Theatre
  • Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre
  • Max Webster for Life Of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre

  • 10 Nights at Bush Theatre
  • Folk at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
  • The Invisible Hand at Kiln Theatre
  • Old Bridge at Bush Theatre
  • A Place For We at Park Theatre

👤 📅8 March 2022
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