Webber, Witches & RNT Top Olivier NominationsDate: 18 January 2001
Just days after Andrew Lloyd Webber knocked Cameron Mackintosh off his pedestal in The Stage's annual Top 100 rankings, the two giants of the theatrical industry are going head to head for glory in this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, the nominations of which are announced today.
Both Lloyd Webber's The Beautiful Game and Mackintosh's The Witches of Eastwick have been nominated for Best New Musical, along with Merrily We Roll Along and Fosse. Amongst its three other nominations, The Beautiful Game counts Best Actor in a Musical for David Shannon, Best Actress in a Musical for Josie Walker (competing against Witches again, in the form of Joanna Riding) and Best Theatre Choreographer for Meryl Tankard.
Trevor Nunn also proved that he can continue to hold his own on the awards front, despite mounting criticism surrounding the National Theatre's programming. The NT notched up 22 nominations, four for its own (albeit imported via the West Yorkshire Playhouse) musical, Singin' in the Rain; two for Yasmina Reza's Life x 3, about to transfer to the Old Vic; and three for Joe Penhall's BlueOrange, about to transfer to the Duchess.
But the real jewel in the National's crown is undoubtedly its revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons which earned a whopping six nominations, more than any other single production. These include several of the dramatic biggies: Best Actress (for Julie Walters), Best Supporting Actress (for Catherine McCormack), Best Supporting Actor (for Ben Daniels) and Best Director (for Howard Davies).
Walters is in lofty company in the Best Actress category, with Jessica Lange (for Long Day's Journey into Night), Helen Mirren (for Orpheus Descending), Harriet Walter (for Life x 3) and Julia Ormond (for My Zinc Bed) all in the running.
A real race is brewing in the Best Actor category, too. Both Conleth Hill and Sean Campion, the stars of the hit Irish two-hander Stones in His Pockets, have been nominated along with Michael Gambon (for The Caretaker), Bill Nighy (for BlueOrange) and Simon Russell Beale (for Hamlet).
Sam Mendes's Donmar Warehouse also fared well with nine nominations, including two in the Best Director category - Nicholas Hytner for Orpheus Descending and Michael Grandage for Passion Play. Its re-invention of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along also received four nominations.
The 25th annual Laurence Olivier Awards will be presented on Friday, 23 February 2001 at the Lyceum Theatre. Clive Anderson will once again host the lunchtime ceremony. To maintain an element of surprise in the presentation of the awards, the winners of some categories will receive their awards in an unexpected location.
The Laurence Olivier Awards will be televised on BBC2 on Saturday, 24 February at 7.55pm in a star-studded programme that will combine the awards presentation with highlights of the past year in London theatre. This is the first time the ceremony will be shown on a Saturday night.
The full list of nominations is as follows:
- Jessica Lange for Long Day's Journey into Night at the Lyric
- Sean Campion for Stones in his Pockets at the New Ambassadors then Duke of York's
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Gillian Barge for Passion Play at the Donmar Warehouse
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Ben Daniels for All My Sons at the Cottesloe
BEST NEW PLAY
BEST NEW COMEDY
BEST NEW MUSICAL
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
- Daniel Evans for Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
- Nicola Hughes for Fosse at the Prince of Wales
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
- Rosemary Ashe for The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
- Howard Davies for All My Sons at the Cottesloe
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
- Peter Darling for Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse
BEST SET DESIGNER
- Bunny Christie for Baby Doll at the Lyttelton and then Albery
BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER
- Mark Henderson for All My Sons at the Cottesloe
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER
- Gregg Barnes for Pageant at the Vaudeville
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
- Gerald Finley for his leading role in The Silver Tassie at the London Coliseum
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
- English National Opera's Pelléas and Mélisande at the London Coliseum
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
- Matthew Bourne for his concept and dramatisation of The Car Man at The Old Vic
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
- NDT2's Indigo Rose at Sadler's Wells
- by Terri Paddock