British theatre gears up for big night at Oliviers

Stars of the stage are gearing up for the 2024 Olivier Awards, which take place later at the Royal Albert Hall. Hollywood names are leading the nominations this year with the likes of Sarah Snook, Nicole Scherzinger and Sarah Jessica Parker all recognised. Shows including Stranger Things: The First Shadow, Guys & Dolls and Dear England are also up for awards.

The Oliviers celebrate the best of British theatre and is the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.Hit musical Sunset Boulevard is leading nominations this year with 11 nods, including Nicole Scherzinger and Tom Francis for best actress and actor in a musical respectively.

The minimalist production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s story of a fading film star, also received nominations for best musical revival and best director for Jamie Lloyd.

Meanwhile, Dear England, James Graham’s play about Gareth Southgate is the most nominated play.

The footballing drama has received nine nods, with Joseph Fiennes receiving his first Olivier nomination.

The National Theatre scored 15 nominations in total across its shows Dear England, Hadestown, The Motive and the Cue, Till the Stars Come Down and The Effect.The best new musical nominees are The Little Big Things, Next to Normal, Operation Mincemeat and A Strange Loop.

The best musical revival category also has a number of strong favourites, including Groundhog Day, which won the Olivier Award for best new musical in 2017 and Guys & Dolls.A host of Hollywood stars are nominated this year. Sarah Jessica Parker has scored her first Olivier nomination for Plaza Suite where she appears opposite her husband Matthew Broderick.

Several one-person plays received nominations in the best actor and actress categories – including Sarah Snook for The Picture of Dorian Gray, Andrew Scott for Vanya and Sheridan Smith for Shirley Valentine.Snook, who recently won an Emmy for her performance in Succession, plays 26 characters in the play and is surrounded by a camera crew so her performance can be beamed onto overhead screens.

The Adelaide-born actress told the BBC last month she was “stoked and just a bit overwhelmed” upon learning of her nomination.

Elsewhere, Happy Valley star James Norton is up for an award for his performance in a stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s hugely popular and Booker-nominated novel A Little Life. David Tennant also scored a best actor nomination for his portrayal of Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse.

And Eleanor Worthington-Cox has been nominated for best actress in a supporting role in a musical for her performance in Next To Normal. In 2012, at just 10 years old, she was the youngest ever Olivier winner, gaining an award for her role as Matilda.

Source: BBC

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