Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Central is delighted to offer congratulations to the many members of the Central community who have been nominated at this year’s Olivier Awards.  

The Headlong and the National Theatre production of People, Places & Things is especially of note.  Written by alumnus Duncan Macmillan and with movement direction by alumna Polly Bennet, it has been nominated for the Virgin Atlantic Best New Play, as well as for Best Sound Design by alumnus Tom Gibbons.

Other nominees include alumnus Peter Davison for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Gypsy), alumna and Honorary Fellow Dame Judi Dench for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (The Winter’s Tale) and alumnus Jonathan Kent for Best Director (Gypsy).  Hand to God, starring alumnus Neil Pearson has been nominated for Best New Comedy, and Nell Gwynn, written by alumna Jessica Swale, is nominated for Best New Comedy.

Barbarians, with movement direction by Central’s Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Movement: Directing and Teaching, Ayse Tashkiran, has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

An impressive twenty productions involving alumna and Honorary Fellow Sonia Friedman’s Sonia Friedman Productions are up for awards, including Bend it Like Beckham which is nominated for the Mastercard Best New Musical, and Hamlet which is nominated for Best Revival.  In particular A Christmas Carol, which played at the Noel Coward Theatre and has been nominated for Best New Comedy, featured a number of alumni including Gareth Fry (Sound Design), Andrew London (Cast) and Jack Parker (Puppeteer).

Winners will be announced at the Royal Opera House on 3 April, 2016.  This year will mark the Olivier Awards’ 40th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and promises to be an incredible evening of unique performances, stunning surprises and a fantastic celebration of the capital’s finest performances and productions.