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Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night at the Apollo theatre (Photo: Simon Annand)

Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night at the Apollo theatre (Photo: Simon Annand)

Brits score big at Tony nominations

Published 29 April 2014

A wealth of British talent is celebrated in this year’s Tony Award nominations with Shakespeare’s Globe’s hugely successful all-male Twelfth Night leading the way with an impressive seven nods.

The Sonia Friedman co-production, which played in rep with Richard III at both the famous outdoor venue and in the West End before transferring to Broadway, earned nominations for its lead actors Mark Rylance – who picked up a second nomination for Richard III – Stephen Fry, Paul Chahidi and Samuel Barnett, as well as collecting mentions in the Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Tim Carroll) and Best Costume Design of a Play (Jenny Tiramani) categories.

The Broadway transfer of The Cripple Of Inishmaan, which played as part of the Michael Grandage Company’s inaugural West End season, also has reason to celebrate today, collecting six nominations.

The Daniel Radcliffe-led production follows its rave reviews and public acclaim in the West End with Tony Award nominations for actress Sarah Greene, director Michael Grandage, and three members of its creative team, Christopher Osram, Paule Constable and Alex Baranowski. The production will also compete against Twelfth Night to take home the Best Revival of a Play Award.

Other UK talent to be celebrating a mention in this year’s illustrious list include British actors Sophie Okonedo and Chris O’Dowd, nominated for their roles in A Raisin In The Sun and Of Mice And Men respectively, designers Es Devlin (Machinal) and Bob Crowley (The Glass Menagerie), choreographer Steven Hoggett (Rocky) and director John Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie).

The nominations for New York’s most prestigious theatre awards were announced today in a live streamed event hosted by film and stage star Lucy Liu and former Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff. Hugh Jackman, who made a cameo appearance during the announcement, will host the 68th Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on 8 June.

Visit the Tony Awards website for a full list of nominees.


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