Aside from Hamilton being nominated 13 times, the overall nominations for this year’s Olivier awards bodes well for British Black on stage talent.

Here are the nominees of interest:

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical

  • Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre
  • Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical

  • Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic
  • Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre

Outstanding achievement in music

  • Hamilton – composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda at Victoria Palace theatre

Best entertainment and family

  • Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch theatre

Best actor in a musical

  • Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre
  • Jamael Westman for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre

Outstanding achievement in opera

  • Roderick Williams for his performance in the Royal Opera’s The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse

Best actress

  • Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Wyndham’s theatre

Best new musical

  • Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre

So, a great line up of recognition on stage. Behind the stage however, with theatre crew and top line positions diverse representation is at zero. Not even in choreography! So more work to do, however, congratulations on the nominees.

See the full list of nominations here.


The Oliviers will be hosted by Catherine Tate at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 8th April.

  • Read TBB’s review of Hamilton here.
  • Read TBB’s review of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill here.
  • Read TBB’s review of Girl From the North Country here.
  • Read TBB’s review of Five Guys Named Moe here.