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Olivier Winners 1983

Designer of the Year

Winner: Ralph Koltai for Cyrano De Bergerac, RSC at the Barbican

Nominees:

  • John Gunter for The Rivals at the National Theatre Olivier
  • Ralph Koltai for Cyrano De Bergerac, RSC at the Barbican
  • John Napier for Peter Pan, RSC at the Barbican
  • Carl Toms for The Real Thing at the Strand

    Director of the Year

    Winner: Terry Hands for Cyrano De Bergerac, RSC at the Barbican

    Nominees:

    • Bill Bryden for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Theatre Cottesloe
    • Terry Hands for Cyrano De Bergerac, RSC at the Barbican
    • Barry Kyle for The Taming Of The Shrew, RSC at the Barbican
    • Peter Wood for The Rivals at the National Theatre Olivier

    Actor of the Year in a Revival

    Winner: Derek Jacobi for Cyrano De Bergerac, RSC at the Barbican

    Nominees:

    • Alan Bates for A Patriot For Me at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
    • Rex Harrison for Heartbreak House at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
    • Derek Jacobi for Cyrano De Bergerac, RSC at the Barbican
    • Bob Peck for King Lear, RSC at the Barbican

    Actress of the Year in a Revival

    Winner: Frances De La Tour for A Moon For The Misbegotten at the Mermaid

    Nominees:

    • Sinead Cusack for The Taming Of The Shrew, RSC at the Barbican
    • Rosemary Harris for Heartbreak House at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
    • Helen Mirren for Antony And Cleopatra, RSC at The Pit
    • Frances De La Tour for A Moon For The Misbegotten at the Mermaid

    Actor of the Year in a New Play

    Winner: Jack Shepherd for Glengarry Glen Ross, at the National Theatre Cottesloe

    Nominees:

    • Michael Gambon for Tales From Hollywood at the National Theatre Olivier
    • Ben Kingsley for Edmund Kean at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
    • Jack Shepherd for Glengarry Glen Ross at the National Theatre Cottesloe
    • Michael Williams for Pack Of Lies at the Lyric

    Actress of the Year in a New Play

    Winner: Judi Dench for Pack Of Lies at the Lyric

    Nominees:

    • Judi Dench for Pack Of Lies at the Lyric
    • Sara Kestelman for The Custom Of The Country, RSC at The Pit
    • Maureen Lipman for Messiah at the Aldwych
    • Janet Suzman for Cowardice at the Ambassadors

    Comedy Performance of the Year

    Winner: Griff Rhys Jones for Charley’s Aunt at the Aldwych

    Nominees:

    • Susan Colverd for The Provok’d Wife at the Donmar Warehouse
    • Michael Hordern for The Rivals at the National Theatre Olivier
    • Griff Rhys Jones for Charley’s Aunt at the Aldwych
    • Peter Ustinov for Beethoven’s Tenth at the Vaudeville

    Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role

    Winner: Alan Devlin for A Moon For The Misbegotten at the Mermaid

    Nominees:

    • Alan Devlin for A Moon For The Misbegotten at the Mermaid
    • Ian McDiarmid for Tales From Hollywood at the National Theatre Olivier
    • Mark Rylance for Arden Of Faversham, RSC at The Pit
    • Antony Sher for King Lear, RSC at the Barbican

    Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role

    Winner: Abigail McKern for As You Like It at the Regent’s Park Open Air

    Nominees:

    • Kate Buffery for Daisy Pulls It Off at the Globe
    • Sylvia Coleridge for Clay, RSC at the Barbican Pit
    • Barbara Leigh-Hunt for Pack Of Lies at the Regent’s Park Open Air
    • Abigail McKern for As You Like It at the Regent’s Park Open Air

    Actor of the Year in a Musical

    Winner: Denis Lawson for Mr Cinders at the Fortune

    Nominees:

    • George Costigan for Blood Brothers at the Lyric
    • Teddy Kempner for Snoopy at the Duchess
    • Denis Lawson for Mr Cinders at the Fortune
    • Peter Woodward for Bashville at the Regent’s Park Open Air

    Actress of the Year in a Musical

    Winner: Barbara Dickson for Blood Brothers at the Lyric

    Nominees:

    • Barbara Dickson for Blood Brothers at the Lyric
    • Ellen Greene for Little Shop Of Horrors at the Comedy
    • Stephanie Lawrence for Marilyn at the Adelphi
    • Sarah Payne for Singin’ In The Rain at the London Palladium

    Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre

    Winner: John Retallack for directing Quixote and The Provok’d Wife at the Donmar Warehouse

    Nominees:

    • Arturo Brachetti for conceiving and performing Y at the Piccadilly
    • Billy McColl for his performance in The Slab Boys Trilogy at the Royal Court
    • Abigail McKern for her performance in As You Like It at the Regent’s Park Open Air
    • John Retallack for directing Quixote and The Provok’d Wife at the Donmar Warehouse

    Outstanding Individual Performance of the Year in a New Opera Production

    Winner: Valerie Masterson for The Royal Opera’s Semele at the Royal Opera House

    Nominees:

    • Graham Clark for English National Opera’s The Gambler at the London Coliseum
    • Eilene Hannan for English national Opera’s Rusalka at the London Coliseum
    • Valerie Masterson for The Royal Opera’s Semele at the Royal Opera House
    • Nelly Miriciouiu for Scotish Opera’s Manon Lescaut

    Outstanding New Opera Production of the Year

    Winner: Il Matrimonio Segreto, Cologne Opera

    Nominees:

    • Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House
    • Manon Lescaut, Scottish Opera
    • Il Matrimonio Segreto, Cologne Opera
    • Rienzi, English National Opera at the London Coliseum

    Outstanding New Dance Production of the Year

    Winner: Requiem, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

    Nominees:

    • Glass Pieces, New York City Ballet at the Royal Opera House
    • The Nightingale, The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House
    • Nijinsky The Fool, devised and directed by Lindsay Kemp
    • Requiem, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

    Outstanding Individual Performance of the Year in a New Dance Production

    Winner: Alessandra Ferri for the Royal Ballet’s Valley of Shadows at the Royal Opera House

    Nominees:

    • Patrick Armand for Ballet Theatre Francais’s Songs Of A Wayfarer at the London Coliseum
    • Alessandra Ferri for the Royal Ballet’s Valley Of Shadows at the Royal Opera House
    • Natalia Makarova for The Royal Opera’s The Nightingale at the Royal Opera House
    • Koen Onzia for London Festival Ballet’s The Seasons

    Comedy of the Year

    Winner: Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan at the Globe

    Nominees:

    • Beethoven’s Tenth by Peter Ustinov at the Vaudeville
    • Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan at the Globe
    • Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney at the Shaftesbury
    • Woza Albert! by Barney Simon, Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema at the Criterion

    Musical of the Year

    Winner: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell at the Lyric

    Nominees:

    • Bashville by Denis King, lyrics and adaptation by Benny Green, from “The Admirable Bashville” by George Bernard Show at the Regent’s Park Open Air
    • Blood Brothers by Willy Russell at the Lyric
    • Little Shop Of Horrors book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken at the Comedy
    • Snoopy, music by Alan Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady at the Duchess

    Play of the Year

    Winner: Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, at the National Theatre Cottesloe

    Nominees:

    • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet at the National Theatre Cottesloe
    • Pack Of Lies by Hugh Whitemore at the Lyric
    • The Slab Boys Trilogy by John Byrne at the Royal Court
    • Tales From Hollywood by Christopher Hampton at the National Theatre Olivier

    The Society’s Special Award
    Joan Littlewood

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