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Olivier Awards 2018 – Preview

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

It’s here. The night every thespian has been waiting for. The Oliviers have finally arrived, after what can only be described as a mammoth year for theatre.

The Royal Albert Hall will fill with some of the biggest names in the business for a night of legendary performances, people and presentations of awards. Catherine Tate will be taking on the mighty job of hosting the evening alone.

The evening will be bursting at the seems with Hamilton, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Follies showing us what they have to offer. It is bound to make me want to empty my bank account and spent my days theatre hopping in the West End. 

This year, Hamilton has been the talk of the theatre and received a record breaking amount of Olivier nominations. The musical has taken the theatre industry by storm this year, winning Tonys, Grammys and even a Pulitzer. Now it can add a record breaking 13 Olivier nominations to it’s ever growing list of achievements. It’s managed to beat Hairspray and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the record, both with 11 nominations.

Other high flyers this year are Follies with 10 nominations and The Ferryman with 8. Amongst all the nominations there are some massive names that will be floating around the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow night. Imelda Staunton, Andrew Garfield, Lesley Joseph and Bryan Cranston to name a few.

I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to the official screening party of the Oliviers. *EEEEEEEEE* *cough* I will be live tweeting the event and award ceremony, so if you want the latest on who is picking up those gorgeous awards, then follow me on Twitter at @cheapseats_blog

I’ll leave all the nominations below so you can pick your favourite. You can watch the awards on ITV on Sunday 8 April from 10:20pm but I will be doing live updates throughout the night on social media.


Actor in a Play

  1. Paddy Considine – The Ferryman

  2. Bryan Cranston – Network

  3. Andrew Garfield – Angels In America

  4. Andrew Scott – Hamlet

Actress in a Play

  1. Laura Donnelly – The Ferryman

  2. Lesley Manville – Long Day’s Journey Into Night

  3. Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’ Bar and Grill

  4. Imelda Staunton – Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

Actor in a Musical

  1. Ciaran Hinds – Girl From The North Country

  2. John McCrea – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

  3. Giles Terera – Hamilton

  4. Jamael Westman – Hamilton

Actress in a Musical

  1. Janie Dee – Follies

  2. Shirley Henderson – Girl From The North Country

  3. Imelda Staunton – Follies

  4. Josie Walker – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play

  1. Bertie Carvel – Ink

  2. John Hodgkinson – The Ferryman

  3. James McArdle – Angels In America

  4. Peter Polycarpou – Oslo

Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play

  1. Brad Brennan – The Ferryman

  2. Denise Gough – Angels In America

  3. Dearbhla Molloy – The Ferryman

  4. Imogen Poots – Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?

Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  1. Michael Jibson – Hamilton

  2. Ross Noble – Young Frankenstein

  3. Jason Pennycooke – Hamilton

  4. Cleve September – Hamilton

Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  1. Sheila Atim – Girl from the North Country

  2. Tracie Bennett – Follies

  3. Rachel John – Hamilton

  4. Lesley Joseph – Young Frankenstein


  1. Dominic Cooke – Follies

  2. Marianne Elliott – Angels In America

  3. Rupert Goold – Ink

  4. Thomas Kail – Hamilton

  5. Sam Mendes – The Ferryman

New Opera

  1. La Boheme

  2. The Exterminating Angel

  3. Semiramide

New Play

  1. The Ferryman

  2. Ink

  3. Network

  4. Oslo

New Musical

  1. An American In Paris

  2. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

  3. Girl From The North Country

  4. Young Frankenstein

Outstanding Achievement in Music

  1. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

  2. Follies

  3. Girl From The North country

  4. Hamilton

Musical Revival

  1. 42nd Street

  2. Follies

  3. On The Town


  1. Angels In America

  2. Hamlet

  3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  4. Witness for the Prosecution

New Comedy

  1. Dry Powder

  2. Labour of Love

  3. Mischief Movie Night

  4. The Miser

New Dance Production

  1. Flight Pattern

  2. Goat

  3. Grand Finale

  4. Tree of Codes

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

  1. Rocio Molina

  2. Francesca Velicu

  3. Zenaida Yanowsky

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