Nominations By Show 2014

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1984
at Almeida Theatre

George Orwell’s famous tale of a futuristic dystopia was reinvented by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, who transformed it into a stunning multimedia experience that shocked and intrigued as it challenged the nature of truth.

Nominated for:

  • American Airlines Best New Play
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The Amen Corner
at National Theatre Olivier

Rufus Norris brought 1950s Harlem to the Olivier Theatre in this beautifully staged production of James Baldwin’s debut play that combined rousing music with an exploration of Christianity’s role within a religious African American community.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role  WINNER
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Revival
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Ballet Black
at Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House)

Cassa Pancho’s company of classically trained black and Asian dancers returned to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House with a diverse program including Arthur Pita’s inventive Shakespearean adaptation A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Dance
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BalletBoyz — The Talent 2013
at Sadler's Wells

Ten young male dancers joined Michael Nunn and William Trevitt on stage at Sadler’s Wells to perform work by Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant. Lighting, described as “exquisite” by The Times, came from Olivier nominee Michael Hulls.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Dance  WINNER
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Barbican Britten: Phaedra / Richard Alston Dance Company
at Barbican Theatre

The Barbican opened its celebration of Benjamin Britten with this new work that beautifully mixed musicians with dancers. Soprano Allison Cook, as the tragic mother, moved around and through Alston’s dancers, who became a physical chorus.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Dance Production
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The Book Of Mormon
at Prince of Wales Theatre

Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Tony Award-winning satirical hit was one of last year’s most highly-anticipated arrivals. The public soon fell under its unashamedly offensive spell, discovering a warm heart at its centre and a catchy – albeit filthy – score to boot.

Nominated for:

  • Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical  WINNER
  • Best Theatre Choreographer  WINNER
  • Best Actor in a Musical
  • Best Actor in a Musical  WINNER
  • MasterCard Best New Musical  WINNER
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
at Drury Lane, Theatre Royal

Sam Mendes brought Roald Dahl’s hugely popular story to life in a magical production packed with kaleidoscopic costumes as bright as Charlie Bucket, sets as inventive as Willy Wonka’s concoctions and a cast of youngsters as talented as Oompa-Loompas.

Nominated for:

  • MasterCard Best New Musical
  • Best Theatre Choreographer
  • Best Actor in a Musical
  • White Light Award for Best Lighting Design  WINNER
  • XL Video Award for Best Set Design
  • Best Costume Design  WINNER
  • Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
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Chimerica
at Harold Pinter Theatre

A play of epic ambition, Chimerica spanned continents and decades as it moved from mystery drama to political exploration while telling the story of a photojournalist obsessed with an image he had taken during the Tiananmen Square protests.

Nominated for:

  • XL Video Award for Best Set Design  WINNER
  • American Airlines Best New Play  WINNER
  • Best Director  WINNER
  • White Light Award for Best Lighting Design  WINNER
  • Best Sound Design  WINNER
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Coriolanus
at Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s visceral production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus fused the modern with the traditional, ruthlessness with humour and featured a striking finale that will live long in the memory of all who experienced it.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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The Cripple Of Inishmaan
at Noël Coward Theatre (Albery)

Comedy of the darkest variety was delivered by the Michael Grandage Season when it revived Martin McDonagh’s tale of a small Irish town and one of its resident’s lust for escape. Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe led the exceptional ensemble.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Derren Brown: Infamous
at Palace Theatre

Andy Nyman and Derren Brown joined forces once again to create Brown’s most personal and minimalist show to date. Packed with mind control and psychological illusion, charismatic showman Brown continued to put audiences under his spell. A win would mark Brown’s third Olivier Award.

Nominated for:

  • Best Entertainment & Family
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The Duck House
at Vaudeville Theatre

The MPs' expense scandal took centre stage in Have I Got News For You writers Dan Patterson and Colin Swash’s debut play starring Ben Miller as a Labour backbencher who will stop at no means to save his seat.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Comedy
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Eat, Pray, Laugh!
at London Palladium

Barrie Humphries’ long-awaited return to the West End saw him bring back many of his much-loved characters, from the leering Les Patterson to the iconic Dame Edna, in an entertaining and riotous production that had audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter.

Nominated for:

  • Best Entertainment & Family
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Eric And Little Ern
at Vaudeville Theatre

Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel brought one of Britain’s most iconic double acts to life in this funny and heart-warming show that brought just as much laughter to the West End as the real-life duo did to our television screens.

Nominated for:

  • Best Entertainment & Family
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Fleabag
at Soho Theatre

Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote and performed this witty one-woman play about the effects of over-sexualised culture on 21st century women. Unflinchingly honest, the piece was directed by Waller-Bridge’s regular collaborator Vicky Jones and has already won a handful of major awards.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
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The Full Monty
at Noël Coward Theatre (Albery)

Academy Award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy adapted his hit film’s story about a group of out-of-work steelworkers with nothing to lose for the stage in this Sheffield Theatres production directed by the venue’s Artistic Director, former Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Comedy
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Ghosts
at Trafalgar Studios 1

Richard Eyre’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s haunting classic starred Lesley Manville, who earned critical acclaim for her outstanding performance. The production unfolded on an imposing mirrored set and wowed audiences with its foreboding sense of disaster and oppressive atmosphere.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role  WINNER
  • Best Director
  • Best Revival  WINNER
  • Best Actress  WINNER
  • White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
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Handbagged
at Vaudeville Theatre

Moira Buffini’s critically acclaimed comedy features two of the 21st century’s most influential women, the Queen and Margaret Thatcher. It will continue to entertain audiences with its speculative look at the powerful duo’s relationship during a West End transfer.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre  WINNER
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Henry V
at Noël Coward Theatre (Albery)

Following their 2009 production of Hamlet, Jude Law and director Michael Grandage reunited to stage this powerful production in which the symbol of patriotism, Henry V, was a his most striking when exposing his cold, ruthless side.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
at Duke of York's Theatre

Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen led the premiere of Robert and David Goodale’s adaptation of P G Wodehouse’s works, keeping audiences in hysterics as the famous aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet Jeeves.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Comedy  WINNER
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Josephine And I
at Bush Theatre

Former Olivier Award nominated actress Jumbo's debut play told the extraordinary story of one woman's connection to political activist and international icon Josephine Baker. The innovative and inspiring solo piece was performed by Jumbo herself.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
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King Priam and Paul Bunyan
at Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House)

English Touring Opera’s acclaimed stylishly performed productions of Michael Tippett’s elegant and vibrant opera King Priam and Britten’s rarely performed operetta Paul Bunyan played at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre as part of a UK tour.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Opera  WINNER
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La Donna Del Lago
at Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez starred in John Fulljames’ production of Rossini’s lyrical opera based on Walter Scott’s 1810 poem. The pair earned critical acclaim for their impeccable and passionate performances in the rarely staged work.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Opera
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The Light Princess
at National Theatre Lyttelton

After years of anticipation Tori Amos’ fairytale musical opened at the National Theatre last October featuring music by the hugely popular recording artist, a whimsical love story by playwright Samuel Adamson and direction by NT regular Marianne Elliott.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actress in a Musical
  • White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Sound Design
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Mark Morris Dance Group — Programme A
at Sadler's Wells

The internationally renowned dance company with two Olivier Awards to its name, led by the famous American choreographer, returned to Sadler’s Wells with two programmes showcasing Morris’ diverse canion of work, including seven UK premieres.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Dance
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Matilda The Musical
at Cambridge Theatre

The RSC’s colourful, energetic and life-affirming take on Roald Dahl’s classic story won a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards in 2012. The show, which features brilliantly witty songs by Tim Minchin, makes it to the shortlist for a second year running.

Nominated for:

  • BBC Radio 2 Audience Award
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Merrily We Roll Along
at Harold Pinter Theatre

Maria Friedman made her directorial debut with Stephen Sondheim’s sophisticated and endearing story of friendship, which collected received rave reviews when it premiered at the Menier Chocolate Factory before rolling into the West End with its all-star cast.

Nominated for:

  • Best Musical Revival  WINNER
  • Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • Best Actress in a Musical
  • Best Director
  • Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
  • Best Sound Design  WINNER
  • Best Costume Design
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
at Noël Coward Theatre (Albery)

The fourth production in the Michael Grandage Company’s season of five plays starred Sheridan Smith and David Walliams, and transported Shakespeare’s classic comedy to a fairytale kingdom inhabited by hippies.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Les Misérables
at Queen's Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of the iconic musical returns to the shortlist following its 2012 win. Featuring thrilling romance and passionate battles, the epic has been transporting London audiences to revolutionary France for more than a quarter of a century.

Nominated for:

  • BBC Radio 2 Audience Award  WINNER
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Nabucco
at Royal Opera House

Legendary baritone Placido Domingo took the title role in Daniele Abbado’s ambitious 20th century-set production of Verdi’s biblical tragedy. The epic opera featured an arresting set designed by Alison Chitty and innovative large-scale video projections by Luca Scarzella.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Opera
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The Night Alive
at Donmar Warehouse

Previously an Olivier Award winner for The Weir, Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive follows the story of five broken souls in one grubby Dublin flat, haunted by the past but with a glimmer of hope for a better future.

Nominated for:

  • American Airlines Best New Play
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Oh What A Lovely War
at Stratford East, Theatre Royal

Terry Johnson’s production marked the revolutionary musical’s 50th anniversary and opened at its original home in the 100th anniversary year of the First World War. Collecting a string of four star reviews, the iconic show remains a powerful comment against international conflict.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
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Once
at Phoenix Theatre

Following its success on Broadway, Enda Walsh’s adaptation of the indie film has been charming London audiences with its bittersweet tale and eclectic score. From a foot-stomping céilí to melancholic acoustic solos, the show is a love letter to music.

Nominated for:

  • XL Video Award for Best Set Design
  • Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music  WINNER
  • Best Actress in a Musical  WINNER
  • MasterCard Best New Musical
  • Best Theatre Choreographer
  • Best Sound Design
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Othello
at National Theatre Olivier

Two fine actors at the peak of their game, Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, went toe to toe as Othello and Iago in this National Theatre production that transposed Shakespeare’s action to military barracks in modern Cyprus.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actor  WINNER
  • Best Revival
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Peter And Alice
at Noël Coward Theatre (Albery)

Written by Tony Award winner John Logan and staged as part of the Michael Grandage season, Peter And Alice imagined the meeting between the inspirations for literary masterpieces Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan. Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw starred.

Nominated for:

  • American Airlines Best New Play
  • Best Actress
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The Phantom Of The Opera
at Her Majesty's Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical makes the shortlist for a second year running. Based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel, the murderous love story set in a stunning Parisian opera house has been wowing West End audiences for almost 30 years.

Nominated for:

  • BBC Radio 2 Audience Award
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The Pride
at Trafalgar Studios 1

Jamie Lloyd’s elegant and poignant revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s powerful drama boasted a stellar cast including Hollywood star Hayley Atwell. Crisscrossing between modern day London and a stuffy, inhibited 1958, the play explores changing attitudes to sexuality and relationships.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actress
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Private Lives
at Gielgud Theatre

Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens brought laughter to London when the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Noël Coward’s comedy transferred to the capital. The acclaimed pair played a formerly married couple who find themselves honeymooning in adjacent suites.

Nominated for:

  • Best Revival
  • Best Actress
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Puz/zle
at Sadler's Wells

Sadler’s Well’s Associate Artist Cherkaoui caught the attention with this new work, first staged in a quarry, that used slabs of polystyrene to create a constantly changing set for his dancers as they strove to explore chaos and order.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Dance Production  WINNER
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The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
at Duchess Theatre

Henry Goodman’s barnstorming performance as the Chicago gangster rising to the top through a cauliflower racket was a memorable centrepiece for Jonathan Church’s dark and well-paced production of Brecht’s chillingly hilarious satire.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actor
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The Same Deep Water As Me
at Donmar Warehouse

Compensation culture got taken to court in Nick Payne’s tale of personal injury lawyers drawn into a false claims racket staged by the Donmar Warehouse. Courtroom tellings off, map-based consternation and soul-numbing office drabness raised the laughter levels.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Comedy
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The Scottsboro Boys
at Young Vic

Kander and Ebb’s musical was both audacious and important, using the loaded conventions of a minstrel show to tell the horrendous story of a group of young black men whose lives were destroyed by a false rape accusation.

Nominated for:

  • Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • Best Director
  • Best Theatre Choreographer
  • MasterCard Best New Musical
  • Best Actor in a Musical
  • Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
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The Sound Of Music
at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The hills were alive at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer as Charlotte Wakefield and Michael Xavier took the leads in Rachel Kavanagh’s fresh and exuberant take on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic love story.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actress in a Musical
  • Best Musical Revival
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Strangers On A Train
at Gielgud Theatre

Hitchcock suspense and Hollywood glamour arrived in the West End with Robert Allan Ackerman’s glossy production. Adapted by Craig Warner from Patricia Highsmith’s novel, the classic tale’s twists and turns were brought to life with a stellar cast and sumptuous design.

Nominated for:

  • XL Video Award for Best Set Design
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Tell Me On A Sunday
at Duchess Theatre

Marti Webb returned to the West End stage to once again star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit one-woman show about an English girl in New York, reprising the role she originated when the musical premiered more than 30 years ago.

Nominated for:

  • Best Musical Revival
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The Firework Maker's Daughter
at Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House)

A theatrical event for the whole family, David Bruce’s magical opera based on acclaimed author Philip Pullman’s fairytale boasted imaginative direction from John Fulljames and striking shadow puppetry, which brought to life the popular story of a young girl’s adventure.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Opera Production
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Les Vêpres Siciliennes
at Royal Opera House

Stefan Herheim’s ambitious production brought Verdi’s neglected opera to Covent Garden’s famous opera house for the first time ever. A thrilling story of revenge, family relationships and patriotism, the arresting piece contained superb choruses and thrilling arias.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Opera Production  WINNER
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The Weir
at Wyndham's Theatre

Conor McPherson’s haunting pub-set drama won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 when it was first staged. The Donmar Warehouse’s revival equally caught the imagination with its stillness, silences and supernatural stories.

Nominated for:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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What's Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?)
at Barbican Theatre

Created by Bory for Fuster, What’s Become Of You raised the bar for flamenco, distilling the essence of the traditional Spanish form of dance but giving it a new story, an artist’s journey of discovery.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Dance Production
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Wicked
at Apollo Victoria Theatre

The much-loved musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s novel tells the untold story of the witches of Oz. The show, which triumphed in this category in 2010, features dazzling costumes and a score of popular numbers including the soaring Defying Gravity.

Nominated for:

  • BBC Radio 2 Audience Award
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The Wind In The Willows
at Duchess Theatre

The Royal Opera House’s hugely successful dance show transferred to the West End in its 10th anniversary year. Directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett, its inventive staging and Toby Olié’s striking puppetry transported audiences to the storybook riverbank.

Nominated for:

  • Best Entertainment & Family  WINNER
  • Best Costume Design
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Witch-Hunt
at Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House)

Cathy Marston, former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, brought her Bern Ballett back to London with a piece examining guilt and innocence through the tale of the last woman to be executed as a witch in Europe.

Nominated for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Dance
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Wozzeck
at London Coliseum

This powerful modern day take on Berg’s classic piece marked the opera debut of acclaimed theatre director Carrie Cracknell. Conducted by Olivier Award winner Edward Gardner, the production received critical acclaim for its gritty naturalism and Tom Scutt’s claustrophobic set.

Nominated for:

  • Best New Opera Production