Olivier Awards: Sophie Okonedo and Arinzé Kene, nominated in Best Actress and Actor Categories

Actors Sheila Atim and Giles Terera announced the nominations for the Olivier Awards this March 2019, with Mastercard, which takes place on Sunday 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford.

Musicals Company and Come From Away lead the way with nine nominations
each
– The Inheritance is the most nominated play with eight nominations
– Gillian Anderson, Eileen Atkins, Patsy Ferran, Sophie Okonedo and Katherine
Parkinson nominated for Best Actress
– Best Actor nominations for Ian McKellen, David Suchet, Arinzé Kene, Kyle
Soller, Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale.

Marianne Elliott’s new gender – switched production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, running at the Gielgud Theatre, has nine nominations: Best Musical Revival, Best  Director , Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Theatre Choreographer, and  nominations for performers Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey and Richard Fleeshman.

New Canadian musical Come From Away, currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre having opened on Broadway in 2017, also received nine nominations: Best New Musical, Best Director, Outstanding Achievement i n Music, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and nominations in the Supporting categories for ensemble cast members Rachel Tucker, Clive Carter and Robert Hands.
The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s new two – part play which transferred to the West End
following a sold – out run at the Young Vic, has eight nominations – including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor for Kyle Soller and Best Supporting Actress for Vanessa Redgrave – the most for a play this year.

The Lincoln Center Theater production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
The King and I, which ran at the London Palla dium, received six nominations, including for lead performers Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe.

The National Theatre production of The Lehman Trilogy, soon to transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre, received five nominations – as did the Almeida Theatre production of
Tennessee Williams’ Summer And Smoke, which transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre, and Six, the musical about Henry VIII’s wives which began life at the Edinburgh Fringe and is now running at the Arts Theatre. ​In the Best Actor category, Ian McKellen receives his 11 th Olivier nomination (including five wins) for King Lear, alongside Arinzé Kene for Misty, Kyle Soller for The Inheritance, and David Suchet for The Price (his ninth nomination). Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale are nominated collectively for The Lehman Trilogy.#
In the Best Actress category, Gillian Anderson is nominated for All About Eve, Eileen Atkins  (who has been nominated seven times previously including three wins) for The Height Of  The Storm, Patsy Ferran for Summer And Smoke, Sophie Okonedo for Antony And Cleopatra, and Katherine Parkinson for Home, I’m Darling.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre and Executive Producer of the
Olivier Awards , said:
‘This year’s nominations really highlight the sheer breadth and diversity of the modern British theatre landscape, with an exciting mix of well – established and new voices. We look forward to celebrating all this incredible creative talent on Sunday 7 April.’

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