Olivier Awards Nominees Announced with Nicole Scherzinger and Sarah Jessica Parker in the Running

Published March 12, 2024

On the vibrant scene of London theatre, the Olivier Awards have unveiled their list of nominees, with a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" and the play "Dear England" leading the nominations. The announcement was made on Tuesday, getting the theatre community buzzing with anticipation.

"Sunset Boulevard" Takes Center Stage

The musical "Sunset Boulevard", a renowned revival, has garnered 11 nominations, setting the stage for a potential sweep at the awards. Nicole Scherzinger's transformative performance earned her a nomination for best actress in a musical, while Tom Francis is up for best actor. With its sights set on Broadway later this year, Jamie Lloyd's production could become an international success.

"Dear England" Scores Nine Nominations

Close behind in the nominations count is "Dear England", a play that chronicles the ups and downs of England's national soccer team. Notably, Joseph Fiennes has received a nod for best actor for his portrayal of Gareth Southgate, the coach credited with the team’s recent upswing.

Besides Scherzinger and Fiennes, other familiar faces include Andrew Scott, nominated for his role in the one-man Chekhov adaptation "Vanya", and Sarah Jessica Parker, acclaimed for her performance in Neil Simon's comedy "Plaza Suite". Sarah Snook and Sophie Okonedo are also named among the distinguished list of nominees.

Musicals and Plays Vying for Top Honors

The competition for best musical performance is fierce, with contenders such as Daniel Mays and Marisha Wallace for "Guys and Dolls". The nominees for best new play also create a compelling lineup, featuring works from esteemed playwrights like Jez Butterworth and Jack Thorne.

New musicals are also in the spotlight, with "The Little Big Things", "Next to Normal", and "A Strange Loop" battling it out for the coveted title of best new musical.

Olivier Awards Ceremony Awaits

With the Royal Albert Hall set as the backdrop, the Olivier Awards ceremony is scheduled for April 14, where the best of London stage will be celebrated. Hannah Waddingham, known for her role in "Ted Lasso", will bring her talents as host to this prestigious event.

Named after the renowned actor-director Laurence Olivier, the Olivier Awards have represented theatrical excellence since 1976. Winners are decided upon by a group of industry professionals and devoted theatre attendees.

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