RSC’s Matilda leads Olivier Awards race with 10 nominations
The RSC’s Matilda The Musical has dominated this year’s Olivier Awards nominations, being recognised in 10 categories – the maximum possible for a musical.
Matilda’s nominations include Best New Musical, a collective Best Actress in a musical nod for all four actresses sharing the role of Matilda, plus Bertie Carvel for Best Actor in a musical, Paul Kaye for Best Performance in a supporting role in a musical and Matthew Warchus for Best Director.
Matilda faces competition in the Best New Musical category from Stiles and Drewe-penned Betty Blue Eyes, Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre, which secured 5 nominations and is set to open on Broadway next month, the National’s London Road and Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
In the subsidised theatre, the National has taken the lead with a bumper crop of 15 nominations for productions including its smash-hit play One Man, Two Guvnors, which is also transferring to Broadway and has just opened in London again at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; musical London Road, for which Rufus Norris is nominated in the Best Director category; and Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, although the movie director and Olympic games Opening Ceremony creator was over-looked in the Best Director category. The National’s Grief and Collaborators were also nominated.
One Man, Two Guvnors secured five nominations, including Best New Play, Best Actor for James Cordon and Nicholas Hytner for Best Director.
Cordon is up against fellow National alumni Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the Best Actor category, who share the nomination for their alternate performances as Frankenstein and the monster in Danny Boyle’s hit production, David Haig for The Madness Of George III, Douglas Hodge for Inadmissible Evidence and Jude Law for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse.
The Best Actress category celebrates an eclectic mix of performances and performers with Anna Christie’s Ruth Wilson nominated, alongside Marcia Warren for The Ladykillers, Lesley Manville for Grief, Kristin Scott Thomas for Betrayal and Celia Imrie for Noises Off – which is transferring to the Novello Theatre shortly.
Trevor Nunn’s production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path has been nominated in the Best Revival category alongside Noises Off, Much Ado About Nothing and Anna Christie, with last year’s Best Actress in a Musical winner Sheridan Smith nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for Flare Path.
The Best Actress in a Musical category features Kate Fleetwood for London Road, Sarah Lancashire for Betty Blue Eyes, Scarlett Strallen for Singin’ in the Rain and the four young Matildas, and in the Best Actor in a Musical category Matilda’s Bertie Carvel will fight it out against Nigel Lindsay for Shrek The Musical, Reece Shearsmith for Betty Blue Eyes and Paulo Szot for South Pacific.
This year’s Best Musical Revivals include Crazy For You, which is closing this weekend at the Novello Theatre, Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace, South Pacific and The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.
In opera, English National Opera received six nominations, including an Outstanding Achievement in Opera nomination, and in dance Sadler’s Wells dominates the awards with five nominations.
Other shows garnering nominations include Jerusalem, The Children’s Hour, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, Derren Brown: Svengali, Midnight Tango, Potted Potter and The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
The awards will be announced in a ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 15 April 2012.