TOP HAT, SWEENEY TODD LEAD U.K. 2013 OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATIONS

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Olivier Awards with MasterCard 
2013 Nominations Announced 
•    The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Top Hat and Sweeney 
Todd are this year’s front-runners with the greatest number of nominations 
•    Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera 
and Wicked win the public vote to become BBC Radio 2 Audience Award nominees
•    New writing is at the forefront of this year’s nominations across many 
categories
•    MasterCard confirms its support for the Olivier Awards and London theatre 
until the end of 2016 
The nominations for the Olivier Awards with MasterCard – the most prestigious 
event in the UK’s theatrical calendar – were announced today (Tuesday 26 March 
2013), with the full list of nominations now online at www.olivierawards.com  
The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The 
Night-Time leads the list with eight nominations, followed by the toe-tapping 
new musical Top Hat receiving seven, and the West End transfer of Chichester 
Festival Theatre’s revival of Sweeney Todd in close competition with six. Other 
stand-out nominations include The Audience and Kiss Me, Kate receiving five 
each, and Constellations with four. 
This year’s list of Olivier nominees is as star-studded as ever and 
theatregoers can enjoy many of this year’s Olivier nominees performing 
currently in the West End including Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe in The 
Audience, Heather Headley and Debbie Kurup in The Bodyguard, Leigh Zimmerman in 
A Chorus Line, Luke Treadaway in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The 
Night-Time, Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, James McAvoy in Macbeth and 
Kristen Scott Thomas in Old Times. Billie Piper, Helen McCrory, Imelda 
Staunton, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Ball, Tom Chambers, Adam Garcia, Mark 
Rylance, Rafe Spall and Will Young are just a few of the other talented actors 
and actresses joining the illustrious line-up. 
The highly anticipated shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – the only 
Olivier Award voted for by the public and which received a record 65,000 votes 
this year – is Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of 
The Opera and Wicked.  
New writing is at the forefront of this year’s nominations, leading the way 
across many categories from The Effect, Constellations and This House to 
Cinderella (at St James’s Theatre) and Goodnight Mr Tom.   
Dance nominations are split between The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells, with 
notable opera nominations including three out of four nominations for English 
National Opera for Best New Opera Production, and The Stage Management Teams at 
ENO London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House nominated for Outstanding 
Achievement in Opera.  
As previously announced, former Olivier Award winners Gillian Lynne CBE and 
Michael Frayn are to be honoured with Special Awards for their outstanding 
contributions to theatre.  
The nominations were announced by Olivier Award winners Ruth Wilson and Elaine 
Paige on Tuesday 26 March at 11.30am live on the BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce show.  
The live broadcast was part of a special event at London’s May Fair Hotel 
featuring a performance from last year’s seven-time winner, Matilda The 
Musical. 
The star-studded Olivier Awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera 
House on Sunday 28 April, hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith. The 
ceremony will be live on BBC Radio 2 from 6.30pm with the award announcements 
as they happen and also exclusive red carpet interviews with the stars as they 
arrive before the big night. A full television highlights package will also be 
broadcast on ITV later in the evening. 
Theatre-lovers are invited to gather at the BBC Radio 2 Stage in Covent Garden 
Piazza from 4pm on the day for a free Olivier Awards celebration featuring live 
performances from several top West End shows – including the four shortlisted 
BBC Radio 2 Audience Award nominees – as well as special guests. Awards-themed 
fun on offer will include make-up demos courtesy of MAC, styling tips from 
Chester Barrie and cocktail making lessons with Radisson Edwardian. 
Mark Rubinstein, President of the Society of London Theatre, said: 
“Congratulations to all of this year’s Olivier Award nominees whose incredible 
talents contributed to a record-breaking year for London Theatre.  I am 
delighted that today we can also announce that MasterCard are continuing their 
support of the Olivier Awards until the end of 2016.”  
Paul Trueman, Head of Marketing, MasterCard UK & Ireland, commented: “At 
MasterCard we are celebrating The Oliver Awards by giving fans a number of 
priceless experiences such as joining the cast members of Les Misérables or We 
Will Rock You during dress rehearsals or partaking in a photo shoot with the 
cast of Wicked. Our support of London theatre doesn’t stop there and will 
continue throughout the year with the Priceless London programme giving fans 
opportunities to enjoy London theatre in a way that will never be forgotten. To 
get in on the act and look out for these experiences, visit 
www.pricelesslondon.co.uk.” 
To keep up with the latest Olivier Awards news and engage with the Awards 
online visit Facebook.com/olivierawards, Twitter and Instagram @OlivierAwards 
#oliviers.   
Everyone can share photos and video media via the Oliviers live-streaming Wall 
by tagging content #oliviers via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Tumblr. The 
Wall is hosted on the Oliviers website and Facebook: 
www.olivierawards.com/thewall. 
Notes to Editors:
•    Established in 1976, the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class 
status of London’s theatre and are Britain’s most prestigious stage honours. 
For further information, including 2012 winners, visit:  www.olivierawards.com 
•    The Society of London Theatre welcomes the following partners for The 
Olivier Awards 2013 with MasterCard (as of 26 March 2013): 
o    MasterCard, headline sponsor
o    Radisson Edwardian and the May Fair Hotel, hotel partner
o    The Haymarket Hotel, hosts of the nominees celebration
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o    MAC cosmetics, make-up partner
o    Laurent Perrier, champagne partner
o    Chester Barrie, menswear partner
o    Audi, car partner
o    CBS, advertising partner
o    See Tickets, ticketing partner
o    The Ivy Club
o    With additional support from Divine Chocolate, Harpers, Hildon and Newmans
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grant-aided theatres in central London. The organisation exists in order to 
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NOMINATIONS 
BEST ACTOR
Rupert Everett – The Judas Kiss
James McAvoy – Macbeth
Mark Rylance – Twelfth Night
Rafe Spall – Constellations
Luke Treadaway – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time 
BEST ACTRESS
Helen Mirren – The Audience
Hattie Morahan – A Doll’s House
Billie Piper – The Effect
Kristin Scott Thomas – Old Times 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Paul Chahidi – Twelfth Night
Richard McCabe – The Audience
Adrian Scarborough – Hedda Gabler
Kyle Soller – Long Day’s Journey Into Night 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Janie Dee – NSFW
Anastasia Hille – The Effect
Cush Jumbo – Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse)
Helen McCrory – The Last Of The Haussmans
Nicola Walker – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time 
MASTERCARD BEST NEW PLAY 
Constellations
The Audience
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
This House 
BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry – The Audience
Marianne Elliott – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Jeremy Herrin – This House
Simon McBurney – The Master And Margarita 
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Ball – Sweeney Todd
Alex Bourne – Kiss Me, Kate
Tom Chambers – Top Hat
Will Young – Cabaret 
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Heather Headley – The Bodyguard
Imelda Staunton – Sweeney Todd
Summer Strallen – Top Hat
Hannah Waddingham – Kiss Me, Kate 
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Adam Garcia – Kiss Me, Kate
Debbie Kurup – The Bodyguard
Siân Phillips – Cabaret
Leigh Zimmerman – A Chorus Line 
BEST NEW MUSICAL
Loserville
Soul Sister
The Bodyguard
Top Hat 
BEST REVIVAL
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Macbeth
Old Times
Twelfth Night (Apollo Theatre) 
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
A Chorus Line
Cabaret
Kiss Me, Kate
Sweeney Todd 
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY 
Cinderella (St James Theatre)
Goodnight Mister Tom
Hansel And Gretel
Room On The Broom 
WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Paul Anderson – The Master And Margarita
Paule Constable – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Lee Curran – Constellations
Mark Henderson – Sweeney Todd 
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Ian Dickinson – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Paul Groothuis – Sweeney Todd
David McSeveney – Constellations
Gareth Owen – Top Hat 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Bob Crowley – The Audience
Jon Morrell – Top Hat
Jenny Tiramani – Twelfth Night
Anthony Ward – Sweeney Todd 
XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
Hildegard Bechtler – Top Hat
Miriam Buether & Wang Gongxin – Wild Swans
Bunny Christie & Finn Ross – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Tim Hatley – The Bodyguard 
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Aeternum by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, choreographed by 
Christoper Wheeldon
Cacti by Nederlands Dans Theatre 2 at Sadler’s Wells, choreographed by 
Alexander Ekman
A Streetcar Named Desire by Scottish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Lez Brotherston for the set and costumes for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, 
New Adventures at Sadler’s Wells
ILL-Abilities company in Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells
Marianela Nunez for Aeternum, Diana & Actaeon and Viscera, The Royal Ballet at 
the Royal Opera House 
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Scott Ambler – Chariots Of Fire
Bill Deamer – Top Hat
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The 
Night-Time
Stephen Mear – Kiss Me, Kate 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Caroline Horton for You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy at the Bush Theatre
The production of Red Velvet at the Tricycle Theatre
The season of new writing at the Royal Court Upstairs
Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd for You Me Bum Bum Train, presented by Theatre Royal 
Stratford East
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
Billy Budd, English National Opera at the London Coliseum
Caligula, English National Opera at the London Coliseum
Einstein On The Beach at the Barbican Theatre
La Traviata, English National Opera at the London Coliseum 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Edward Gardner for his conducting of The Flying Dutchman and Billy Budd at the 
English National Opera, London Coliseum
Bryan Hymel for his performances in Les Troyens, Robert Le Diable and Rusalka 
at the 
Royal Opera House
Music Theatre Wales for In the Locked Room/Ghost Patrol at the Linbury Theatre, 
the
Royal Opera House
The Stage Management teams at English National Opera, London Coliseum and the 
Royal Opera House 
BBC RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD
Billy Elliot The Musical
Matilda The Musical
The Phantom Of The Opera
Wicked
SPECIAL AWARD
Gillian Lynne
Michael Frayn 
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