Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom sequel Love Never Dies has received seven nominations for the Laurence Olivier theatre awards.
Love Never Dies opened to very mixed reviews in March last year: this nomination follows a four-day closure in November when substantial changes were made to the play.
The National Theatre has an impressive 17 nominations, including six for Thea Sharrock’s production of After The Dance by Terence Rattigan. King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse has five nominations in total.
Rory Kinnear is in the Best Actor category for Hamlet at the National; he’s facing off against David Suchet in All My Sons, Roger Allam in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Derek Jacobi’s King Lear and last year’s winner, Mark Rylance, for his work in La Bete.
Tamsin Greig and Sophie Thompson are up for the best actress prize for their roles in The Little Dog Laughed and Clybourne Park respectively. As we predicted, Tracie Bennett is shortlisted for playing Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow.
End of the Rainbow, The Little Dog Laughed and Clybourne Park are all nominated for the best new play award.
There will be live coverage of this year’s awards ceremony, which takes place on Sunday 13 March, on BBC Radio 2 and on TV via the BBC Red Button. Visit www.olivierawards.com to find out more.
Photo by Catherine Ashmore shows Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess in Love Never Dies