Past winners Denise Gough and Matt Henry announced the nominations for the Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard, the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar. The 2017 awards are set to be the biggest yet, as they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April.
The list of nominees celebrates performances and productions that boldly reimagine classic stories and also demonstrates the best of new British writing – with many of the shows having originated outside of London, or going on to tour the UK and beyond.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s record-breaking eleven nominations ties with the current record holder for the most nominated production, Hairspray (2008). The play, which sees JK Rowling’s magical world brought to life, is nominated in the following categories: Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best New Play, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, Best Director, Best Theatre Choreographer and Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Dreamgirls receives five nominations including Best Actress in a Musical for Amber Riley.
In Best New Dance Production, Blak Whyte Gray by Boy Blue Entertainment at Barbican Theatre and Giselle by Akram Khan and English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells and My Mother.
For Outstanding Achievement in Dance the following choreographers, dancers and companies are nominated: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their London season at Sadler’s Wells.
The Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre category demonstrates the diversity of London’s smaller theatres with four different theatres nominated for: Cuttin’ It at The Maria, Young Vic.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards said:
“In a year of global change, the nominees for this year’s awards demonstrate London theatre’s ability to challenge our perceptions, stir our emotions, and entertain us. From new British plays and musicals, to reinventions of well-known titles, the Oliviers proudly celebrate an extraordinary range of acting and creative talent.”
NOMINATIONS OF NOTE:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
- Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in Music
- Dreamgirls – Music by Henry Krieger at Savoy Theatre
Best New Dance Production
- Blak Whyte Gray by Boy Blue Entertainment at Barbican Theatre
- Giselle by Akram Khan and English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their London season at Sadler’s Wells
Best Actor in a Musical
- Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical
- Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre
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To see the full list of nominations go to the Oliver Awards website.