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


(The following press release from the Society of London Theatre was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)

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 o American Airlines, airline partner 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 • The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is the organisation which represents the producers, theatre owners and managers of the 52 major commercial and grant-aided theatres in central London. The organisation exists in order to promote theatregoing, develop audiences, and to serve, protect and promote the interests of those engaged in theatre across London, through activities including The Olivier Awards with MasterCard, TKTS ticket booth, the Official London Theatre guide, Theatre Tokens and the annual promotions Kids Week and Get Into London Theatre. • MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a global payments and technology company. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.

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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