Today the nominees were announced for the Laurence Olivier awards…..the biggest theatre awards ceremony of the year. The 2012 nominations include Matilda the Musical, One Man, Two Guvnors and The Ladykillers .

The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Matilda receives a total of ten nominations – the most it was eligible for – including Best Actress for all four young actresses who play the title role (who were also nominated at the Whatsonstage.com Awards).

Amongst other musical theatre productions Ghost The Musical claimed five nominations while London Road, Shrek The Musical and Singin’ in the Rain all have four.

Comedies One Man, Two Guvnors and The Ladykillers receive five nominations apiece, including a Best Actor nod for James Corden, who is currently reprising his Whatsonstage.com Award-winning Guvnors performance on Broadway, and Best Actress for Lady killers star Marcia Warren. Among the other names hoping for the acting honours are Lesley ManvilleKristin Scott ThomasRuth WilsonDouglas Hodge and Jude Law.

As at the Evening Standard Awards, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller receive a joint nomination for their alternating performances in Danny Boyle‘s production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre said: “We are thrilled to announce the incredibly talented list of nominees for the Olivier Awards 2012 with MasterCard. It is truly representative of our diverse world-class London theatre across both the commercial and subsidised sectors, which continues to delight thousands of Londoners and visitors every day.”

The National Theatre has had another good year, claiming 14 nominations in total, while the Donmar Warehouse also has a strong showing with six (including Best Actor nominations for both Jude Law and Douglas Hodge). The Royal Court claimed two nominations: Best New Play for Jumpy and Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for The Village Bike.

Winners will be announced at the Olivier Awards Ceremony held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 April 2012 hosted by West End stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. The BBC will be giving the awards extensive live coverage on television (via the Red Button), on Radio 2 and online, with red carpet coverage from 5.30pm and the Ceremony starting at 6pm.

I have to say that the nominees are not ones that I would choose personally. Long running musicals such as Les Miserables (Which is now in its 27th year of running) rarely seems to be nominated neither is The Phantom of the Opera which in my opinion is truly spectacular.

The Olivier Awards 2012 will be held on 15 April in the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden (it seems to be a little later than usual) The full list of nominations are listed on the official Olivier Awards website.

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3 thoughts on “The nominees for the Olivier awards have just been announced ….they are NEVER the obvious choices!

  1. The nominations for actor/actress ect are pretty much always reserved for musicals/plays produced that year. Long running shows like Les Mis and Phantom received their nominations years ago when they were first produced. The only award they’re really eligible for now is the Radio 2 Audience Award which is for London’s long running shows. If the actors in those shows we’re nominated every year then newer shows may not be recognised fairly.

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