2015 #Oliviers nominations: What’s in, what’s out? Full lists here

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James McAvoy and Lesley Manville announce the 2015 Olivier nominations The biggest surprise for me at today’s Olivier nominations event at the ritzy Rosewood London hotel was just how much this event has grown in a few short years. Celebrating nominees: you’re all beautiful I remember so well when I held the first WhatsOnStage Awards Launch Party back in 2002. I believed then, as I still believe, that, when it comes to awards, it really is as big an honour to be nominated as it is to win – and, thus, nominations should be properly announced and celebrated. The room was buzzing at the Oliviers nominations launch That’s why when I founded the WhatsOnStage Awards, it was a very conscious decision to hold a launch party. The results ceremony, or what we initially called the Winners’ Concert, didn’t follow until many years later. Back then, WhatsOnStage was the only theatre awards holding a nominations event. As part of the major and ongoing overhaul funded by sponsors MasterCard, the Oliviers followed suit a few years ago. However, the last Oliviers nominations I attended, two years ago, was a pretty low-key and stuffy affair at the MayFair hotel: complete silence as lists were reeled off and plenty of producers but few nominees themselves in attendance. Not so today. Caro Newling, president of awards organiser the Society of London Theatre, led a packed auditorium in a “rehearsal cheer” session before the global live-streaming of James McAvoy (one of this year’s Best Actor nominees, for The Ruling Class) and Lesley Manville (last year’s Best Actress winner) doing the shortlist honours. At first, whooping was reserved to the end of each category, but soon, the companies of competing plays and musicals were gasping, cheering and wildly applauding every mention of their name throughout. From my seat between the casts of Memphis and the just-opened Carole King bio-show Beautiful, which led the show tallies with nine and eight nominations apiece, it was deafening. Which plays lead the way in the 2015 Olivier shortlists? Plays: Miller and majesty Ivo van Hove’s radical reinvention of Arthur Miller’s 1956 classic A View from the Bridge, not transferred from the Young Vic to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre, leads the plays field, with seven nominations, including: Best Revival, Best Supporting Actress (Phoebe Fox) as well as, aiming to repeat their Critics Circle success, Best Director (van Hove) and Best Actor (Mark Strong). Last year’s other big Miller revival, Yael Farber’s in-the-round staging of The Crucible, which ran at the other end of The Cut, at the Old Vic, gets two nominations: also for Best Revival and Best Actor (Richard Armitage). We’ll assume one of them will have something to celebrate in the centenary of Miller’s birth this year. Best Actor nominee James McAvoy was leapt upon in the press room Two new plays about British royalty also jostle at the top of the play tallies: Mike Bartlett’s Critics’ Circle winning verse drama King Charles III (first seen at the Almeida) and the RSC’s two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, now transferring to Broadway (and basking in the glow of the Mark Rylance-led BBC screen version), with six and five nominations apiece. They are both up for Best New Play, alongside two others originated in the subsidised sector and transferred to the West End: Mark Hayhurst debut Taken at Midnight and Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, first seen at Chichester Festival and the Royal Court and now running, respectively, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Duke of York’s. (Though, curiously, in the shortlists, Headlong production The Nether seems to be nominated only for its West End run?) As usual, the Best Actor and Best Actress categories, especially with just four nominees apiece, yield incredibly strong contenders. For Best Actor, Strong and Armitage face competition from Tim Pigott-Smith for I and, looking suitably humbled at the podium when his name was read out by Manville, McAvoy for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Transformed. In Best Actress, the competition comprises Evening Standard winner Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire, Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra, Imelda Staunton for Good People and Penelope Wilton for Taken at Midnight. Three out of the four Best Director nominations are also for work on plays. In addition to van Hove, there are three artistic directors in the Best Director running, the Almeida’s Rupert Goold for King Charles III, Headlong boss Jeremy Herrin for his RSC production of Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies and, the single musical contender here, the Donmar’s Josie Rourke for City of Angels. Which musicals lead the way in the 2015 Olivier shortlists? Musicals: Too many to choose from 2014 (and Q1 of 2015 as the Oliviers no longer goes by calendar year) was absolutely replete with major new musicals: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sunny Afternoon, Memphis, Urinetown, Made in Dagenham, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Scottsboro Boys (well, the transfer of it anyway), Here Lies Love and Beautiful. With so many great shows, there’s stiff competition (and plenty of omissions – see below) across the musical fields. Tally leaders, Memphis and Beautiful go head to head in five award categories, Theatre Choreographer (Serjio Trujillo for Memphis vs Josh Prince for Beautiful), Outstanding Achievement in Music (David Bryan, Joe DiPietro and the Memphis band for Memphis vs the Orchestra – rather than Carole King et al! – for Beautiful), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ian McIntosh for Beautiful vs, splitting the Memphis vote, both Rolan Bell and Jason Pennycooke), Best Actress in a Musical (Beverley Knight for Memphis vs Katie Brayben for Beautiful) and, of course, Best New Musical. Four big shows vie for Best New Musical The two other Best New Musical nominees are Here Lies Love and The Kinks bio-show Sunny Afternoon, transferred from Hampstead to the Harold Pinter Theatre. There are also nominations for both “Davies brothers” in Sunny Afternoon: John Dagleish (Ray) is up for Best Actor in a Musical and George Maguire (Dave) is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. MemphisKillian Donnelly, The Scottsboro BoysBrandon Victor Dixon and Miss Saigon’s Jon Jon Briones complete the Best Actor in a Musical field, while the other two Best Actress in a Musical nominees are two big screen names, Gemma Arterton for Made in Dagenham and Tamsin Greig for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Best Supporting Actress in a Musical also yields some high-profile nominees: Nicole Scherzinger for Cats, Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Haydn Gwynne for Women on the Verge, as well as Lorna Want for Beautiful. Which subsidised venues lead the way in the 2015 Oliviers shortlists? Venues: Young Vic rules, NT disappoints Venue-wise, the Young Vic, with its critical acclaimed season under artistic director David Lan, dominates the list with 11 nominations: the seven for A View from the Bridge as well as two for A Streetcar Named Desire and one apiece for The Scottsboro Boys and, in the Affiliate category for its run in the Young Vic’s Maria studio, Mike Bartlett’s Bull. Other subsidised venues with myriad. nominations include Hampstead (seven), the RSC, the Almeida (six each), the Royal Court (five, assuming we’re counting The Nether there) and the Donmar Warehouse (five). As Nicholas Hytner bows out, the National has another lean year. Has there ever been a year when only a single NT production was nominated? And this one a transfer: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love, which receives three Olivier nods. Awards-wise, it’s not a very auspicious ending. 2015 Olivier Award winners are announced on Sunday 12 April 2014.     The 2015 Oliviers are once again sponsored by Mastercard FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2015 WITH MASTERCARD A View From the Bridge BEST REVIVAL A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic The Crucible at Old Vic My Night With Reg at Donmar Warehouse & Apollo Theatre Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE David Calder for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre Richard Goulding for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre John Light for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Phoebe Fox for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre The Girls playing Iris for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre Lydia Wilson for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN Jon Clark for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre Paule Constable and David Plater for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre Howard Harrison for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse Jan Versweyveld for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre Sunny Afternoon BEST SOUND DESIGN Tom Gibbons for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre Matt McKenzie for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Brian Ronan for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY Dance ‘Til Dawn at Aldwych Theatre Hetty Feather at Vaudeville Theatre La Soirée at La Soirée Spiegeltent BEST COSTUME DESIGN Rob Jones for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre Paul Tazewell for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Alejo Vietti for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre The Nether XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN Bunny Christie for Made In Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre Es Devlin for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre Rob Jones for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse Jan Versweyveld for A View From A Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION 32 Rue Vandenbranden by Peeping Tom at Barbican Mats Ek’s Juliet And Romeo by Royal Swedish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Tabac Rouge by Compagnie Du Hanneton/James Thiérrée at Sadler’s Wells OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE Christopher Wheeldon for The Winter’s Tale at Royal Opera House Crystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates – A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris at Sadler’s Wells Rocio Molina for Bosque Ardora at Barbican The Elders Project as part of the Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells King Charles III VIRGIN ATLANTIC BEST NEW PLAY King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre BEST ACTOR Richard Armitage for The Crucible at Old Vic James McAvoy for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studio 1 Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre BEST ACTRESS Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra at Old Vic Imelda Staunton for Good People at Hampstead Theatre & Noël Coward Theatre Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket THIS MORNING AUDIENCE AWARD Billy Elliot The Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre Jersey Boys at Piccadilly Theatre Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre BEST NEW COMEDY Handbagged at Vaudeville Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre Shakespeare In Love at Noël Coward Theatre Miss Saigon MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL Cats at London Palladium City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION Benvenuto Cellini at London Coliseum Dialogues Des Carmélites at Royal Opera House Die Frau Ohne Schatten at Royal Opera House The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg at London Coliseum OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA Jonas Kaufmann for Andrea Chénier and Manon Lescaut at Royal Opera House Richard Jones for his direction of The Girl Of The Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and Rodelinda at London Coliseum Royal Opera House and Early Opera Company for their offsite programme at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Roundhouse Welsh National Opera Chorus for Moses Und Aron at Royal Opera House OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE Bull at The Maria at Young Vic Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Hampstead Downstairs Juma Sharkah for her performance in Liberian Girl at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Tanya Moodie for her performances in Intimate Apparel at Park Theatre and The House That Will Not Stand at Tricycle Theatre Dirty Rotten Scoundrels BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER Jerry Mitchell for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre Annie-B Parsons for Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman Josh Prince for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre BEST DIRECTOR Rupert Goold for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre Josie Rourke for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre AUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC The Orchestra for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis Band for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Rolan Bell for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre Ian McIntosh for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre Jason Pennycooke for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Cats BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre Haydn Gwynne for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre Nicole Scherzinger for Cats at London Palladium Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Jon Jon Briones for Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre Killian Donnelly for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Gemma Arterton for Made In Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre Tamsin Greig for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre Beverley Knight for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Memphis MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
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Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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