Skip To Content

Olivier Award Nominees: ‘Hamilton’ Breaks Records, ‘Angels In America’ Makes Waves

The London production of “Hamilton” has earned 13 nominations for the Olivier Awards, the United Kingdom’s equivalent of the Tony Awards, setting a new record. The previous record number of nominations was shared by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” (2017) and “Hairspray” (2008), each of which garnered 11 nominations.

Close on the heels of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical about the founding of the United States — the Brits, apparently, are quite happy to relive their Revolutionary War defeat — is the National Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” which earned 10 nominations. The Royal Court Theatre’s production of Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman,” which will transfer to New York City this coming fall, made a similarly strong showing with eight nominations.

A National Theatre revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America”, now in previews on Broadway, racked up six nominations, including one for lead actor Andrew Garfield. (Nathan Lane’s depiction of Roy Cohn went sadly unacknowledged.) J.T. Rogers’s “Oslo,” much acclaimed in its Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, earned only two nods from the Oliviers.

Last year, the Sonia Friedman-produced “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” broke records for the most wins at the Oliviers, taking home nine awards. As three of the nominations for “Hamilton” are in the same category — Michael Jibson, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September are all up for best actor in a supporting role in a musical — the show can win a maximum of 10 awards. Whether it will exceed the gains of “Harry Potter” will be determined on April 8, when the winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Find the full list of nominees here.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.