OLIVIER AWARDS AND OUR VIEWS ON THE TOP CONTENDERS

The Olivier Theatre Awards will celebrate the 39th annual ceremony Sunday April 12th this year. With even more followed and beloved West End stars than ever before, the continued prestige of winning a coveted Olivier Theatre Award still rings high throughout all reaches of the theatre community. The ceremony will be held in the world-class Royal Opera House where over 2,200 playwrights, composers, producers, actors, musicians, valued guest, and more will wait with utter excitement to hear the announcement of the 2015 award winners. It really is the pinnacle of the theatrical year.


Here at Hit The Theatre we have a couple of predictions about the nominees we are rooting to win.


Starting with the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design. Howard Harrison’s City Of Angels lighting design at the Donmar Warehouse showed a level of precision we have never seen before.


Becoming a staple on the London theatre scene after playing here, in different guises, for over 10 years, we predict La Soirée to take the award for Best Entertainment and Family for presenting a show that shocks and delights, almost in the same breath.


To manys delight, there has been a series of shows and venues receiving multiple nominations including Sadler Well’s with four, King Charles the III with six, and taking the cake is The Young Vic Theatre with an astonishing eleven.


This could be a surprising year for King Charles III, getting six nominations and potentially not winning anything. When compared to the stand out success that is the double header adaption of Hilary Mantel's books, we are betting on Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies to take home the award for Virgin Atlantic Best New Play.


If Hit The Theatre customers could vote for any show this year, it'd be this one! The Play That Goes Wrong has been the one show that we’ve got amazing feedback for above all others. Surely a shoe in for Best New Comedy and hopefully an amusing speech to go with it.


Winning 9 Whatsonstage awards isn't always a good guide for the Olivier’s, but the tremendously high quality of Cameron Mackinstosh's revival of Miss Saigon, mixed with a cast to rival the original, means this is all but a dead cert. City of Angels is unlikely to transfer due to its lack of commercial appeal, but it really was a theatrical highlight of the year.


Coming in strong,  in the category for Best Actor in a Supporting role in a Musical, George Maguire was one of the original Billy Elliot's, and has come a long way, with his magical turn in Sunny Afternoon. In a week where the fortieth Billy Elliot was announced, Maguire has deservedly been given the nomination for Supporting Actor, and we hope he wins his second award (this time as a solo performer).


Nicole Scherzinger gets a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Cats. We don’t doubt that her starring role was a major success story of the year, however she was barely on stage, and it'd be a travesty if one of the other, more deserving, contenders didn't win.


Whether Miss Saigon should be allowed to have a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical category is debatable, but it's a close run thing between Jon Jon Briones and Killian Donnelly. We're going to lean with Donnelly on this one. When you go to Memphis, it's all about seeing Beverley Knight, but audiences come out remembering Donnelly as the real star. Hockadoo indeed!


Katie Brayben is a shoe in for Best Actress in a Musical without a doubt. Whilst all of the competition does a great job on stage, Brayben truly owns it with a once in a lifetime role. She is a true star of the future and we look forward to seeing more amazing work from her.


Katie Brayben in Beautiful The Carole King Musical


Wrapping up our predictions for this year’s Olivier Theatre Awards is one of the toughest of the night. The award ceremony will close with MasterCard’s Best New Musical Award and we'd like to lean towards Sunny Afternoon, nothing that it is the only show which was conceived and developed here in the UK. There is some tough competition, with the outsider Here Lies Love potentially causing a major upset. We feel confident that Sunny Afternoon will prevail and take home the award to close the night with a bang.




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


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


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 the 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


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 Theatre

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 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


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-Theatre

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


BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER

Jerry Mitchell for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre

Annie-B Parsons for Here Lies Love at Dorfman National Theatre

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 Dorfman National Theatre

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


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


MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Here Lies Love at Dorfman National Theatre

Memphis the Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre


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