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Olivier Winners 1978

Designer of the Year

Winner: Ralph Koltai for Brand at the National Theatre

Nominees:

  • Eileen Diss for The Homecoming at the Garrick
  • Farrah for Henry VI, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Ralph Koltai for Brand at the National Theatre
  • Tanya Moiseiwitsch for The Double Dealer at the National Theatre

Director of the Year

Winner: Terry Hands for Henry VI, RSC at the Aldwych

Nominees:

  • Bill Bryden and Sebastian Graham-Jones for Lark Rise at the National Theatre
  • Terry Hands for Henry VI, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Christopher Morahan for The Philanderer at the National Theatre
  • Harold Prince for Evita at the Prince Edward

Actor of the Year in a Revival

Winner: Alan Howard for Coriolanus, RSC at the Aldwych

Nominees:

  • Alan Howard for Coriolanus, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Derek Jacobi for Ivanov at the Old Vic
  • Timothy West for The Homecoming at the Garrick
  • Nicol Williamson for Inadmissible Evidence at the Royal Court

Actress of the Year in a Revival

Winner: Dorothy Tutin for The Double Dealer at the National Theatre

Nominees:

  • Eileen Atkins for Twelfth Night at the Old Vic
  • Ingrid Bergman for Waters Of The Moon at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
  • Wendy Hiller for Waters Of The Moon at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
  • Dorothy Tutin for The Double Dealer at the National Theatre

Actor of the Year in a New Play

Winner: Tom Conti for Whose Life Is It Anyway? at the Mermaid and the Savoy

Nominees:

  • Gordon Chater for The Elocution Of Benjamin Franklin at the Mayfair
  • Tom Conti for Whose Life Is It Anyway? at the Mermaid and the Savoy
  • John Gielgud for Half-Life at the National Theatre
  • Peter McEnery for The Jail Diary Of Albie Sachs, RSC at the Warehouse

Actress of the Year in a New Play

Winner: Joan Plowright for Filumena at the Lyric

Nominees:

  • Yvonne Bryceland for The Woman at the National
  • Sylvia Miles for Vieux Carre at the Piccadilly
  • Kate Nelligan for Plenty at the National Theatre
  • Joan Plowright for Filumena at the Lyric

Comedy Performance of the Year

Winner: Ian McKellen for The Alchemist, RSC at the Aldwych

Nominees:

  • Sheila Hancock for Annie at the Victoria Palace
  • Geraldine McEwan for Look After Lulu at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
  • Ian McKellen for The Alchemist, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Donald Sinden for Shut Your Eyes And Think Of England at the Apollo

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

Winner: English National Opera for their enterprising repertoire

Nominees:

  • English National Opera for their enterprising repertoire
  • Colin Davis, Musical Director, The Royal Opera

Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role

Winner: Robert Eddison for Twelfth Night at the Old Vic

Nominees:

  • Michael Bryant for The Double Dealer at the National Theatre
  • Robert Eddison for Twelfth Night at the Old Vic
  • Julian Glover for Coriolanus, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Robert Stephens for Brand at the National Theatre

Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role

Winner: Elizabeth Spriggs for Love Letters on Blue Paper at the National Theatre

Nominees:

  • Brenda Bruce for The Lady’s Not For Burning at the Old Vic
  • Susan Fleetwood for The Woman at the National Theatre
  • Patricia Hayes for Filumena at the National Theatre
  • Elizabeth Spriggs for Love Letters on Blue Paper at the National Theatre

Performance of the Year in a Musical

Winner: Elaine Paige for Evita at the Prince Edward

Nominees:

  • David Essex for Evita at the Prince Edward
  • Roy Hudd for Oliver! at the Albery
  • Stratford Johns for Annie at the Victoria Palace
  • Elaine Paige for Evita at the Prince Edward

Production of the Year in Opera

Winner: Lohengrin, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House

Nominees:

  • La Fanciulla del West, The Royal Opera, at the Royal Opera House
  • Lohengrin, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House
  • Luisa Miller, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House
  • The Seven Deadly Sins, English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Ballet

Winner: Robert Cohan, Artistic Director, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Sadler’s Wells

Nominees:

  • Christopher Bruce, choreography for Ballet Rambert, at Sadler’s Wells
  • Robert Cohan, Artistic Director, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Sadler’s Wells
  • Siobhan Davies, Harmonica Breakdown at Sadler’s Wells
  • Lynn Seymour, The Royal Ballet’s A Month In The Country at the Royal Opera House

Production of the Year in Ballet

Winner: A Month In The Country, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Nominees:

  • A Month In The Country, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House
  • People Alone, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Sadler’s Wells
  • Praeludium, Ballet Rambert, at Sadler’s Wells
  • Song Of The Earth, The Stuttgart Ballet at the London Coliseum

Comedy of the Year

Winner: Filumena by Eduardo De Filippo, adapted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, at the Lyric

Nominees:

  • Filumena by Eduardo De Filippo, adapted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall at the Lyric
  • Shut Your Eyes And Think Of England by Brian Chapman and Anthony Marriott at the Apollo
  • Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn at the Globe

Musical of the Year

Winner: Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Prince Edward

Nominees:

  • Annie by Thomas Meecham and Charles Strouse at the Victoria Palace
  • Elvis by Jack Good and Ray Cooney at the Astoria
  • Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Prince Edward

Play of the Year

Winner: Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark at the Mermaid and the Savoy

Nominees:

  • Half-Life by Julian Mitchell at the National Theatre
  • Lark Rise by Flora Thompson, adapted by Keith Dewhurst at the National Theatre
  • Plenty by David Hare at the National Theatre
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark at the Mermaid and the Savoy

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We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

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