Reflections on the Olivier Awards Nominations 2015

Let me first congratulate all those who have received Olivier Awards Nominations 2015. Here are a few thoughts on some of those who have received nominations (and those who have not..)

James Swanton

 I hope that I am not in a minority, but I was stunned by James Swanton’s mesmerising performance in the adaptation of Charles Dickens’ one man play Sikes and Nancy, at The Trafalgar Studios. Perhaps it was naive of me to think there would be a nod in such a prestigious category, but I believed Swanton would get a Best Actor Olivier Awards nomination. It would have been a worthy nomination and an acknowledgment of this actors unique ability. 

It would be a fitting description that I’m dissapointed, as I feel that someone who gives such precision to their craft should be given recognition. Of course awards are not the only indication of achievement, but for a performance that Swanton has given, it was truly worthy.

All I can hope, is that the future Olivier Awards will give James Swanton the accolades he will so surely deserve.

Miss Saigon: Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada

The West End revival of Miss Saigon captured my heart as well as an Olivier Nomination for Best Musical Revival. This is an incredible production with some outstanding performances. Jon Jon Briones has been nominated for Best Actor in a Musical which is so well earned, his performance as the Engineer commands the Prince Edward Theatre stage.

Unfortunately a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical was not given to the extraordinary Eva Noblezada. This is hard to comprehend as her performance as Kim in Miss Saigon is flawless. Noblezada’s vocals are silky but with a depth that brings you to tears and she really is a shining light and inspiration to all other young actresses. As I hope with James Swanton, future Olivier nominations will be coming her direction in years to come!

My Night With Reg

My Night With Reg at The Appllo Theatre was a revelation to me. This revival of Kevin Elyot’s 1994 play was a bittersweet and deliciously funny triumph.

It was no surprise to me that My Night With Reg is nominated for Best Revival. With perfect casting, the Thatcherite Britain getting acquainted with the AIDS Virus came to life in front of the audience. I felt myself attaching myself to the characters who made me laugh, as well as at times want to weep too. I was hook,line and sinker for this marvellous Play. 

Two of my favourite productions of the last year My Night With Reg and Miss Saigon have both been revivals. When there is an outstanding cast and premise that grips your soul such as in the case of these two, then all the ingredients are there for a recipe that’s something quite spectacular.

Sunny Afternoon 

As soon as I had finished watching Sunny Afternoon The Kinks Musical at The Harold Pinter Theatre I knew this Show was special. There was an electricity that had been caused by the Show. 

The humble four lads from Muswell Hill were now superstars, they were The Kinks. For this Show to be nominated for Best New Musical as well as an array of other awards including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for John Dagleish and George Maguire, really is testament to the impact this Show has had in just a few months. 

Sunny Afternoon has really introduced the soundtrack of a generation to a whole new one. With songs such as You Really Got Me and Waterloo Sunset, Songwriter Ray Davies showcases his many triumphs.

Beautiful The Carole King Musical: Katie Brayben

The final thought is one of the very well earned nominations for Beautiful The Carole King Musical at The Aldwych Theatre, which I saw very recently. Much praise is deserved for Katie Brayben, who potrays the shy but focused Carole King perfectly, and with such steely musicianship is a real tour de force in the role. With a Best Actress in a Musical nomination, Brayben certainly has a beautiful career ahead.

I only wish the sensational ensemble cast could be nominated for an award as their portrayal of especially The Drifters gave me goosebumps, the authenticity is really something quite magical. 

Please let me know your thoughts on the Olivier Awards Nominations 2015 in the comment section below!

The full list of Olivier Awards nominees can be found here:


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