British Theatre at the 2016 Tony Award Nominations


British theatre talent has been recognised today at the nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards in New York. The annual awards, which are in their 70th year, celebrate the best of the 2015-16 theatre season which has featured 36 productions - 20 plays and 16 musicals.

As expected, Hamilton made history by receiving 16 Tony Award nominations - the most tallied by any previous show.

Mike Bartlett's play 'King Charles III', which originated at the Almeida Theatre in 2014 has been nominated for Best New Play, in a category that also include Theatre Royal Bath's production of The Father which recently opened in New York.

The Young Vic's sell-out production of A View From The Bridge has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, alongside its star Mark Strong for Best Actor in a Play. Tim Pigott-Smith who plays King Charles III in Bartlett's play was also nominated for Best Actor, alongside co-star Richard Goulding who was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical School of Rock was one of five nominations for Best Musical, with additional nods for Best Book of a Musical for Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows.

The Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of The Color Purple was nominated for Best Musical Revival, as well as Best Director of a Musical for John Doyle. British singing sensation Cynthia Erivo was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for reprising the role of 'Celie' in the production.

Directors Rupert Gould and Jonathan Kent were both nominated for Best Director of a Play for their productions of 'King Charles III' and 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'.

Designers Es Devlin and Christopher Oram were both nominated for awards in the Best Design of a Musical and Best Scenic Design of a Play for 'American Psycho' and 'King Charles III' respectively. Costume designers Jane Greenwood and Tom Scutt were also nominated for their work on 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' and 'King Charles III'.

The Almeida Theatre's production of American Psycho failed to be recognised in the Best New Musical category, or in any of the performance categories.

The winners of the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced at a ceremony held the Beacon Theatre in New York City, on Sunday, June 12th, presented by James Corden and will also be broadcast live on CBS.

 

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