Olivier Awards 2020: Predictions

It’s been a difficult year for the arts, but finally theatre has something to celebrate: the Olivier Awards 2020 are taking place this evening and will honour the best of theatre over the past year. I’ve put together a list of my predictions ahead of tonight’s ceremony.

Best New Play                     
A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic
The Doctor at Almeida Theatre
Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane at National Theatre – Dorfman

I’d put money on Leopoldstadt scooping the award, but I’d love to see The Ocean At The End Of The Lane surprise everyone. Definitely one of my favourite plays from over the past year.

Best new musical    
& Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Amélie The Musical at The Other Palace
Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre
Waitress at Adelphi Theatre 

I have a feeling that Dear Evan Hansen will win big at this year’s Olivier Awards. Although I do love the soundtrack I have a few issues with the storyline and so I’m hoping that Amélie is the big surprise of the night (although I do also love &Juliet and Waitress!)

Best Actor                                     
Toby Jones for Uncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre
James McAvoy for Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre
Wendell Pierce for Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre
Andrew Scott for Present Laughter at The Old Vic   

This is a TOUGH category. I didn’t manage to catch Cyrano De Bergerac but I can vouch that the three other actors put in award-winning performances and all deserve to win. I think it’ll be a close call between Wendell Pierce (who was outstanding on Death of a Salesman) and Andrew Scott, but I think the latter might just win it for his phenomenal performance in Present Laughter. Seriously, it was sidesplittingly hilarious – if the world had more Present Laughter it would be a happier place.
Best Actress
Hayley Atwell for Rosmersholm at Duke of York’s Theatre
Sharon D. Clarke for Death Of A Salesman at Piccadilly Theatre
Juliet Stevenson for The Doctor at Almeida Theatre
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag at Wyndham’s Theatre

Another tough category which is too close to call. I wouldn’t be surprised if Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins or the stage show of Fleabag, and secretly I think Hayley Atwell also deserves the win for the brilliant Rosmersholm. But I think the legend that is Sharon D. Clarke just nips it at the post.

Best Actor in a Musical       
Andy Nyman for Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Charlie Stemp for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre
Sam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre                          Jac Yarrow for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium 

As I mentioned Dear Evan Hansen isn’t my most favourite musical of the year, but I think Sam Tutty does a great job and I think this might just be DEH’s year.

Best Actress in a Musical
Audrey Brisson for Amélie The Musical at The Other Palace
Judy Kuhn for Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Miriam-Teak Lee for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Zizi Strallen for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre

I would LOVE for Audrey Brisson to win Best Actress – if you missed Amélie you missed out – but I’m not quite sure it’s going to happen for her this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if Zizi Strallen takes home the prize for Mary Poppins, but I also think Miriam-Teak Lee is in with a very good shot for & Juliet. Anyone who sings Britney Spears and Katy Perry songs night after night deserves it. 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Arinzé Kene for Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic
Colin Morgan for All My Sons at The Old Vic
Adrian Scarborough for Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
Reece Shearsmith for A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic 

Admittedly I didn’t see Leopoldstadt, and I deeply regret it, but I’ve heard good things, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Adrian Scarborough wins the Olivier for best supporting actor.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Michele Austin for Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre
Sophie Thompson for Present Laughter at The Old Vic
Indira Varma for Present Laughter at The Old Vic
Josie Walker for The Ocean At The End Of The Lane at National Theatre – Dorfman

Again this is a tough category because all of the actresses were brilliant. Josie Walker was amazing in The Ocean At The End Of The Lane at National Theatre, and likewise Indira Varma and Sophie Thompson were hilarious in Present Laughter. I think Sophie Thompson might just steal it – her scenes with Andrew Scott were just comedy gold.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical                                        
David Bedella for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Stewart Clarke for Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Jack Loxton for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre
Rupert Young for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre   

I’ve said before that I think this is Dear Evan Hansen’s year and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jack Loxton doesn’t win, but I’d like to see David Bedella scoop the prize. 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Lucy Anderson for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre
Petula Clark for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre
Cassidy Janson for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Lauren Ward for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre

While I think Dear Evan Hansen will clean up this year, I also think Cassidy Janson should win this Olivier if only for her belting rendition of ‘That’s The Way It Is’. 

Best Revival                                                           
Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre
Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre
Present Laughter at The Old Vic
Rosmersholm at Duke of York’s Theatre 

Once again I’m torn, all of the shows above deserve to win. I would LOVE to see Present Laughter win – it’s a hilarious show that’s full of joy and laughter, but I think Death Of A Salesman might just get this. 

Best Musical Revival           
Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium 
Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre

This category features four great musicals. Personally I loved the Open Air Theatre’s Evita, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Fiddler On The Roof takes this one. 

Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director                      
Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell for Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre
Jamie Lloyd for Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre
Trevor Nunn for Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Ian Rickson for Uncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre

Death Of A Salesman was a brilliant and heartbreaking play (although quite amusing when my friend got confused with the plot of An Inspector Calls) and Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell thoroughly deserve this award. 

Best Original Score or New Orchestrations                                                         & Juliet – New Orchestrations by Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro at Shaftesbury Theatre
Amélie The Musical – Musical Supervisor and Arrangements by Barnaby Race at The Other Palace
Dear Evan Hansen – Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Orchestration by Alex Lacamoire at Noël Coward Theatre
Fiddler On The Roof – New Orchestrations by Jason Carr at Playhouse Theatre
Waitress – Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles at Adelphi Theatre    

Every single nominee deserves to win! I love all of these soundtracks, and would love Amélie or Waitress to win, but once again I think this might be Dear Evan Hansen’s lucky night. 

Best lighting design                                              
Neil Austin for Rosmersholm at Duke of York’s Theatre
Paule Constable for The Ocean At The End Of The Lane at National Theatre – Dorfman
Howard Hudson for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Bruno Poet for Uncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre   

I adore The Ocean At The End Of The Lane and anyone who saw the show will know what a key role the lighting plays in the telling of the story, so I think and hope Paule Constable will be rewarded.

Best Sound Design
Gregory Clarke for Rosmersholm at Duke of York’s Theatre
Emma Laxton for Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre
Ben and Max Ringham for ANNA at National Theatre – Dorfman
Ben and Max Ringham for Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre

Emilia was a brilliant play and deserves to win all of the awards. The end.

Best Costume Design                                

Hugh Durrant for Goldilocks And The Three Bears at The London Palladium Jonathan Lipman for Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Joanna Scotcher for Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre
Paloma Young for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre  

The costumes for & Juliet are just so stunning and colourful – and a stylish throwback to the Elizabethan era.                      

Best Set Design                  
Bob Crowley for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre
Soutra Gilmour for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Rae Smith for Rosmersholm at Duke of York’s Theatre
Rae Smith for Uncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre  

Rae Smith’s set for Rosmersholm was exquisite and had to be seen to be believed – it thoroughly deserves the award.

Best Theatre Choreographer                                 
Fabian Aloise for Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre
Jerome Robbins and Matt Cole for Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Jennifer Weber for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre    

Another tough category, but I think Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear deserve this award, if only for the choreography to ‘Step In Time’ (no spoilers!) 

Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play
Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre
Fleabag at Wyndham’s Theatre
Magic Goes Wrong at Vaudeville Theatre
The Upstart Crow at Gielgud Theatre     

Emilia is one of the best shows from the past 12 months. If it doesn’t win an Olivier I. Will. Riot.   


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  1. I have kinda of a similar situation with the storyline of Dear Evan Hansen- heard songs, and then the storyline, I am kinda of iffy about it . It is coming to Blumenthal next year, and I am like don’t think I really want to see it

    This years’ Tonys is a bit strange- having a limited cutoff.

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