Hamilton and The Ferryman dominate Olivier Award nominations
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical Hamilton, about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, received 13 nominations (a new record for any production), including Best Actor (Jamael Westman and Giles Terera), Best Original Score and Best Musical.
Jez Butterworth’s play The Ferryman, which currently runs at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, has been nominated in 7 categories, including a nod for Paddy Considine (Best Actor), Best Direction (Sam Mendes) and Best Play.
Other musicals nominated in the Best Musical category include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Girl From the North Country, An American in Paris and Young Frankenstein. The nominations for Best New Play are The Ferryman, Ink, Network and Oslo.
Ink and Labour of Love, two of James Graham’s new plays of the last year, were nominated. Bertie Carvel received a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Rupert Murdoch in Ink, whereas Labour of Love received a nomination for Best Comedy.
The nominees for Best Actor include Bryan Cranston (Network), Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman) and Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), whilst the nominees for Best Actress are Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman), Imelda Staunton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Lesley Manville (Long Day’s Journey into Night) and Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill).
Currently running at the Apollo Theatre, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie received 5 nominations including one for Dan Gillespie Sells, who wrote music for the piece, for his debut as a musical theatre composer and orchestrator.
Hamilton received two nominations for Best Actor in a Musical (Westman and Terera), whilst it received three of the four nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Michael Jibson, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September). Rachel John was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Catherine Tate at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8th April.