The 2017 fosterIAN Awards

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Behold the 2017 fosterIAN award nominations, recognising the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are – my favourites.

Best Actress in a Play
Victoria Hamilton, Albion
Shirley Henderson, Girl From the North Country
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Justine Mitchell, Beginning
Hattie Morahan/Kate O’Flynn/Adelle Leonce, Anatomy of a Suicide
Mimi Ndiweni, The Convert
Connie Walker, Trestle

Best Actor in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Gary Lilburn, Trestle
Ian McKellen, King Lear
Cyril Nri, Barber Shop Chronicles
Ken Nwosu, An Octoroon
Andrew Scott, Hamlet
Sam Troughton, Beginning

Best Supporting Actress in a PlaySheila Atim, Girl From the North CountryBríd Brennan, The FerrymanLaura Carmichael, ApologiaRomola Garai, Queen AnneKate Kennedy, Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange)Lashana Lynch, a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)Kate O’Flynn, The Glass Menagerie
Best Supporting Actor in a PlayFisayo Akinade, Barber Shop ChroniclesPhilip Arditti, OsloGershwn Eustache Jnr, a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)Fra Fee, The FerrymanPatrice Naiambana, Barber Shop ChroniclesBrian J Smith, The Glass MenagerieNathan Stewart-Jarrett, Angels in America
Best Actress in a MusicalSharon D Clarke, Caroline or Change Janie Dee, FolliesJosefina Gabrielle, A Little Night MusicAmie Giselle-Ward, Little WomenKelly Price, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾Josie Walker, Everybody’s Talking About JamieT’Shan Williams, The Life
Best Actor in a MusicalAndy Coxon, Yank! A WWII Love StoryScott Hunter, Yank! A WWII Love StoryJohn McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About JamiePhilip Quast, FolliesMichael Rouse, SuperheroGiles Terera, HamiltonJamael Westman, Hamilton
Best Supporting Actress in a MusicalChristine Allado, HamiltonJulie Atherton, The Grinning ManTracie Bennett, FolliesSharon D Clarke, The LifeRachel John, HamiltonJoanna Riding, Romantics AnonymousLucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Best Supporting Actor in a MusicalMark Anderson, The Grinning ManFred Haig, FolliesCornell S John, The LifeChris Kiely, Yank! A WWII Love StoryJason Pennycooke, HamiltonGareth Snook, Romantics AnonymousObioma Ugoala, Hamilton

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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."

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