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Olivier Winners 1979

Designer of the Year

Winner: William Dudley for Undiscovered Country at the National Theatre

Nominees:

  • John Bury for Strife at the National Theatre
  • William Dudley for Undiscovered Country at the National Theatre
  • John Napier for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Carl Toms for For Services Rendered at the National Theatre

Director of the Year

Winner: Michael Bogdanov for The Taming Of The Shrew, RSC at the Aldwych

Nominees:

  • Michael Bogdanov for The Taming Of The Shrew, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Michael Elliott for The Family Reunion at the Vaudeville
  • Trevor Nunn for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Michael Rudman for Death Of A Salesman at the National

Actor of the Year in a Revival

Winner: Warren Mitchell for Death Of A Salesman at the National

Nominees:

  • Michael Bryant for Strife at the National Theatre
  • Warren Mitchell for Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre
  • Jonathan Pryce for The Taming Of The Shrew, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Patrick Stewart for The Merchant Of Venice, RSC at the Warehouse

Actress of the Year in a Revival

Winner: Zoe Wanamaker for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych

Nominees:

  • Billie Whitelaw for Happy Days at the Royal Court
  • Paola Dionisotti for The Taming Of The Shrew, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Glenda Jackson for Antony And Cleopatra, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Zoe Wanamaker for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych

Actor of the Year in a New Play

Winner: Ian McKellen for Bent at the Royal Court and the Criterion

Nominees:

  • Michael Gambon for Betrayal at the National Theatre
  • Dinsdale Landen for Bodies at the Ambassadors
  • Ian McKellen for Bent at the Royal Court and the Criterion
  • John Standing for Close Of Play at the National Theatre

Actress of the Year in a New Play

Winner: Jane Lapotaire for Piaf, RSC at the Warehouse

Nominees:

  • Constance Cummings for Wings at the National Theatre
  • Gemma Jones for And A Nightingale Sang at the Queen’s
  • Jane Lapotaire for Piaf, RSC at the Warehouse
  • Jessica Tandy for The Gin Game at the Lyric

Comedy Performance of the Year

Winner: Barry Humphries for A Night With Dame Edna at the Piccadilly

Nominees:

  • Richard Griffiths for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Barry Humphries for A Night With Dame Edna at the Piccadilly
  • Oscar James for Gloo Joo at the Criterion
  • Maureen Lipman for Outside Edge at the Queen’s

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

Winner: The Rake’s Progress, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House

Nominees:

  • Die Zauberflote, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House
  • Manon, English National Opera at the London Coliseum
  • The Adventures Of Mr Broucek, English National Opera at the London Coliseum
  • The Rake’s Progress, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House

Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role

Winner: Patrick Stewart for Antony And Cleopatra, RSC at the Aldwych

Nominees:

  • Michael Bryant for Undiscovered Country at the National Theatre
  • Stephen Greif for Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre
  • Patrick Stewart for Antony And Cleopatra, RSC at the Aldwych
  • David Suchet for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych

Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role

Winner: Doreen Mantle for Death Of A Salesman, at the National

Nominees:

  • Carmen Du Sautoy for Once In A Lifetime, RSC at the Aldwych
  • Alison Fiske for For Services Rendered at the National Theatre
  • Doreen Mantle for Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre
  • Patricia Routledge for And A Nightingale Sang at the Queen’s

Actor of the Year in a Musical

Winner: Anton Rodgers for Songbook at the Globe

Nominees:

  • Tony Britton for My Fair Lady at the Adelphi
  • Michael Crawford for Flowers For Algernon at the Queen’s
  • Ben Cross for Chicago at the Cambridge
  • Anton Rodgers for Songbook at the Globe

Actress of the Year in a Musical

Winner: Virginia McKenna for The King And I at the London Palladium

Nominees:

  • Carol Channing for Hello, Dolly! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Antonia Ellis for Chicago at the Cambridge
  • Virginia McKenna for The King And I at the London Palladium
  • Liz Robertson for My Fair Lady at the Adelphi

Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Ballet

Winner: Peter Schaufuss for London Festival Ballet’s La Sylphide at the Royal Festival Hall

Nominees:

  • Kenneth MacMillan for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet’s Playground, at Sadler’s Wells
  • Peter Schaufuss for London Festival Ballet’s La Sylphide, at the Royal Festival Hall
  • The Tempest, Ballet Rambert, at Sadler’s Wells

Comedy of the Year

Winner: Middle Age Spread by Roger Hall at the Lyric

Nominees:

  • Clouds by Michael Frayn at the Duke of York’s
  • Middle Age Spread by Roger Hall at the Lyric
  • Outside Edge by Richard Harris at the Queen’s

Musical of the Year

Winner: Songbook by Monty Norman and Julian Moore at the Globe

Nominees:

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Murray Horwitz, Richard Maltby and Luther Henderson at Her Majesty’s
  • Bar Mitzvah Boy, book by Jack Rosenthal, lyrics by Don Black, music by Julie Styne at the Adelphi
  • Chicago, book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander at the Cambridge
  • Songbook by Monty Norman and Julian Moore at the Globe

Play of the Year

Winner: Betrayal by Harold Pinter at the National Theatre

Nominees:

  • Betrayal by Harold Pinter at the National Theatre
  • Night And Day by Tom Stoppard at the Phoenix
  • The Crucifer Of Blood by Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Paul Giovanni, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • Undiscovered Country by Arthur Schnitzler, adapted by Tom Stoppard at the National Theatre

The Society’s Special Award

Lord Olivier

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Monday 6 April: The following statement has been issued by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) on behalf of the major commercial West End theatre operators and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), to provide clear information for customers with regards to their theatre bookings and help ease the unprecedented strain on box offices and ticket agents in light of the Covid 19 pandemic.

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.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

Theatre box office and ticket agents teams are continuing to work through the very high number of ticket orders affected by the cancellations. An average of 300,000 people a week attend West End theatres, so this a huge task. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that all our teams are now working remotely in response to government restrictions, many with reduced numbers of staff due to the virus, and this will be adding to the time it will take us to process your order.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.