Spotlight On Stardom: Hollywood A-Listers Lead Olivier Awards 2024 Nominations
Spotlight On Stardom: Hollywood A-Listers Lead Olivier Awards 2024 Nominations

The spotlight shines brightly on Hollywood luminaries as they dominate the nominations for the 2024 Olivier Awards. Notable names such as Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Snook, and Sarah Jessica Parker grace the list of contenders, adding a touch of glamour to the prestigious theatre event.

Leading the pack is the acclaimed musical “Sunset Boulevard,” which garnered an impressive 11 nominations. Among them, Nicole Scherzinger earns recognition for her stellar performance as best actress in a musical, while Tom Francis shines as a nominee for best actor in a musical.

James Graham’s compelling play “Dear England,” centered around Gareth Southgate, also commands attention with nine nominations, marking a significant achievement for Joseph Fiennes, who received his first nomination.

Gareth Southgate in James Graham's Play Dear England
Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s Play Dear England Nominated for Olivier Awards

Star-Studded Recognition: Hollywood’s Impact on Olivier Awards 2024 Nominations

Regarded as the pinnacle of recognition in UK theatre, the Olivier Awards spotlight outstanding talent across various productions. “Sunset Boulevard,” a riveting adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tale of a fading film star, secures nominations across all acting categories for a musical, alongside nods for best musical revival and best director for Jamie Lloyd.

The National Theatre emerges as a powerhouse with multiple nominations across different productions, including “Dear England,” “Hadestown,” “The Motive and the Cue,” “Till the Stars Come Down,” and “The Effect.”

Television, film, and music icons also find themselves in the limelight, with James Norton earning acclaim for “A Little Life” and Sarah Jessica Parker securing her inaugural Olivier nomination for “Plaza Suite.” Parker’s performance alongside her husband Matthew Broderick in Neil Simon’s classic play has garnered praise, with critics hailing it as a revelation.

Several one-person plays stand out in the nominations, with Sarah Snook’s portrayal in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” earning her a well-deserved spot. Adapted from Oscar Wilde’s timeless novel, the production captivates audiences with Snook portraying 26 characters, aided by innovative staging techniques.

David Tennant’s powerful portrayal of “Macbeth” at the Donmar Warehouse earns him a nomination for best actor, adding to the list of esteemed contenders.

As anticipation builds for the annual awards ceremony, set to take place on April 14th at the Royal Albert Hall, audiences eagerly await to see who will take home the coveted Olivier trophies. Hosted by Hannah Waddingham, the event promises to be a celebration of excellence and a testament to the enduring allure of theatre.

Olivier Awards nominations 2024:

Best Actress

  • Laura Donnelly for The Hills Of California
  • Sophie Okonedo for Medea
  • Sarah Jessica Parker for Plaza Suite
  • Sheridan Smith for Shirley Valentine
  • Sarah Snook for The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Sarah Jessica Parker in Plaza Suite
Sarah Jessica Parker in Plaza Suite Nominated for Olivier Awards

Best actor

  • Joseph Fiennes for Dear England
  • Mark Gatiss for The Motive And The Cue
  • James Norton for A Little Life
  • Andrew Scott for Vanya
  • David Tennant for Macbeth

Best new play

  • Dear England
  • The Hills Of California
  • The Motive And The Cue
  • Till The Stars Come Down

Best actress in a musical

  • Natasha Hodgson for Operation Mincemeat
  • Caissie Levy for Next To Normal
  • Nicole Scherzinger for Sunset Boulevard
  • Marisha Wallace for Guys & Dolls
Nicole Scherzinger for Sunset Boulevard
Nicole Scherzinger for Sunset Boulevard Nominated for Olivier Awards

Best actor in a musical

  • David Cumming for Operation Mincemeat
  • Tom Francis for Sunset Boulevard
  • Daniel Mays for Guys & Dolls
  • Charlie Stemp for Crazy For You

Best new musical

  • The Little Big Things
  • Next To Normal
  • Operation Mincemeat
  • A Strange Loop
The Little Big Things
The Little Big Things Nominated for Olivier Awards

Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director

  • Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin for Stranger Things: The First Shadow
  • Rupert Goold for Dear England
  • Jamie Lloyd for Sunset Boulevard
  • Sam Mendes for The Motive And The Cue

Best Revival

  • The Effect by Lucy Prebbletelton
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell
  • Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Simon Stephens

Best musical revival

  • Groundhog Day, music & lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Danny Rubin
  • Guys & Dolls, music & lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows
  • Hadestown, music, lyrics & book by Anaïs Mitchell
  • Sunset Boulevard, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics & book by Don Black & Christopher Hampton

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