Eddie Redmayne and Lily Allen Highlight Olivier Nominations

Cabaret leads the way for this year’s Olivier Award, with 11 nominations ahead of the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April.

Lily Allen

Cabaret leads the way at this year’s Olivier Awards, with 11 nominations ahead of the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th April.

Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley, the stars of Cabaret, are both nominated for best actor and actress in a musical, respectively, with Cabaret also attracting nominations for best director and best musical revival. 

Lily Allen and Emma Corrin are two other big names on the nomination list. Allen, a household name as a singer, has been nominated for best actress after making her theatre debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story, in which she co-stars with Hadley Craig. Allen recently won a best actress award from WhatsOnStage for her performance.

Eddie Redmayne Theatre

Corrin, most recognised for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown, has also received a nomination for best actress in a play. Her performance came in the play Anna X, a story inspired by the infamous story of Anna Sorokin. 

A stage adaptation of Life of Pi, and a revival of Anything Goes, follow Cabaret with nine nominations. One of Life of Pi’s nominations is for best supporting actor, for the seven performers who operate the mechanical tiger in the show. 

Life of Pi Tiger on theatre stage

Credit: Johan Persson

Below is a list of nominations for all of the main awards at this Oliver’s Awards:

Best Actress

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

Best Actor

  • Hiran Abeysekera – Life of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Ben Daniels – The Normal Heart, National Theatre
  • Omari Douglas – Constellations
  • Charles Edwards – Best of Enemies, Young Vic

Best Actor in a Musical

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

Best Actress in a Musical

  • Jessie Buckley – Cabaret
  • Sutton Foster – Anything Goes
  • Beverley Knight – The Drifters Girl, Garrick Theatre
  • Stephanie McKeon – Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Seven actors who play the Tiger – Life of Pi
  • Dino Fetscher – The Normal Heart
  • Nathaniel Parker – The Mirror and the Light, Gielgud Theatre
  • Danny Lee Wynter – The Normal Heart

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Tori Burgess – Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of), Criterion Theatre
  • Liz Carr – The Normal Heart
  • Christina Gordon – Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of)
  • Akiya Henry – The Tragedy of Macbeth, Almeida Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • Gabrielle Brooks – Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
  • Victoria Hamilton-Barritt – Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Carly Mercedes Dyer – Anything Goes
  • Liza Sadovy – Cabaret

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • Clive Carter – Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre
  • Hugh Coles – Back To The Future The Musical
  • Elliot Levey – Cabaret
  • Gary Wilmot – Anything Goes

Best New Play

  • 2:22 A Ghost Story
  • Best of Enemies
  • Cruise, Duchess Theatre
  • Life of Pi
Olivier Awards Nominations

This year’s Olivier Awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th April.

Best New Musical

  • Back To The Future The Musical
  • The Drifters Girl
  • Frozen
  • Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best revival

  • A Number, The Old Vic
  • Constellations
  • The Normal Heart
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Musical Revival

  • Anything Goes
  • Cabaret
  • Spring Awakening, Almeida Theatre

Best Entertainment or Comedy Play

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

Best Director

  • Rebecca Frecknall – Cabaret
  • Michael Longhurst – Constellations
  • Kathleen Marshall – Anything Goes
  • Max Webster – Life of Pi

Best New Opera Production

  • Bajazet, Royal Opera House
  • The Cunning Little Vixen, English National Opera at London Coliseum
  • Jenufa, Royal Opera House
  • Theodora, Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

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

Best New Dance Production

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

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

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