Hamilton nabs record-breaking 13 Olivier Awards nominations. Who else has got a shot?

06 Mar
2018
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Could HAMILTON win as many Oliviers as it has Tony Awards? To add to its 11 Tony wins, Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster dominates the Olivier Awards shortlists, announced today, with a record-breaking 13 nominations. Who else has got a shot in the musical categories? Full list of musical contenders and the live announcements, by Elaine Paige and Alexandra Burke, here...

Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2018 are announced today. The shortlists are dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton. Musical headline results include:

  • New American musical Hamilton becomes the most nominated production in Oliviers history with 13 nominations, including a near category lockout for Best Actor in a Musical
  • The National Theatre's revival of Follies receives 10 nominations
  • Two British premieres: Girl from the North Country and Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, both get 5 nominations 
  • Imelda Staunton adds to four previous Olivier wins with a double nomination this year: Best Actress in a Musical for Follies as well as Best Actress in a Play for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elaine Paige and Alexandra Burke today announced the nominations for the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours. The 2018 awards are set to be an exciting occasion with original new work dominating the categories and a significant number of artists receiving their first ever Olivier nominations. Catherine Tate will host the Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8 April 2018 and they will be broadcast to the UK and worldwide.

Hamilton’s record-breaking thirteen nominations make it the most nominated production in Oliviers history replacingHarry Potter And The Cursed Child (2017) and Hairspray (2008) who jointly held the record with eleven nominations. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tale about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is nominated in the following categories: two nominations in Best Actor in a Musical category, three nominations in Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical category, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Mastercard Best New Musical, White Light Award for Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, Best Director, Best Theatre Choreographer and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Other musicals which have performed strongly include the National Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies with ten nominationsThe Old Vic’s production of Conor McPherson’s Girl From The North Country, which features classic songs from Bob Dylan received five nominations, and Sheffield Theatre’s new British musical hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, currently playing at the Apollo Theatre, also received five nominations.


Full 2018 musical nominations

Includes awards where musicals are nominated against plays.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre
  • 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
  • Tracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC

  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and Orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sells, his debut as a musical theatre composer and orchestrator at Apollo Theatre
  • Follies – The Orchestra, under the Music Supervision of Nicholas Skilbeck and Music Director Nigel Lilley at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Girl From The North Country – Music & Lyrics by Bob Dylan, Original Orchestrations & Arrangements by Simon Hale at The Old Vic
  • Hamilton – Composer-Lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY

  • David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny at Garrick Theatre
  • Derren Brown: Underground at Playhouse Theatre
  • Dick Whittington at London Palladium
  • Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER

  • Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Bill Deamer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Kate Prince for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre
  • Randy Skinner for 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Christopher Wheeldon for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

  • 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

  • Ciarán Hinds for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic
  • John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre
  • Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Jamael Westman for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

  • Janie Dee for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic
  • Imelda Staunton for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Josie Walker for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

  • Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Paule Constable for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton
  • Paule Constable for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Jan Versweyveld for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton

BEST SOUND DESIGN

  • Tom Gibbons for Hamlet at Almeida Theatre
  • Gareth Owen for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical at London Coliseum
  • Eric Sleichim for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton
  • Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Hugh Durrant for Dick Whittington at London Palladium
  • Roger Kirk for 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Paul Tazewell for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST SET DESIGN

  • Bunny Christie for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre
  • Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre
  • Rob Howell for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre
  • Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Dominic Cooke for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Marianne Elliott for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton
  • Rupert Goold for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre
  • Thomas Kail for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

BEST NEW MUSICAL

  • An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre
  • Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic
  • Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre


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