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Olivier Winners 1985

Designer of the Year

Winner: William Dudley for The Mysteries at the National Theatre Cottesloe and The Critic at the National Theatre Olivier

Nominees:

  • Alison Chitty for Martine and She Stoops To Conquer at the National Theatre Lyttelton
  • Bob Crowley for Henry V, Love’s Labours Lost and The Winter’s Tale, RSC at the Barbican
  • William Dudley for The Mysteries at the National Theatre Cottesloe and The Critic at the National Theatre Olivier
  • Philip Prowse for The Duchess Of Malfi at the National Theatre Lyttelton and Phedra, RSC at the Barbican

Director of the Year

Winner: Bill Bryden for The Mysteries at the National Theatre Cottesloe

Nominees:

  • Bill Alexander for Richard III, RSC at the Barbican
  • Bill Bryden for The Mysteries at the National Theatre Cottesloe
  • Garry Hines for The Playboy Of The Western World at the Donmar Warehouse
  • Barry Kyle for Golden Girls, RSC at The Pit and Love’s Labours Lost, RSC at the Barbican

Actor of the Year

Winner: Antony Sher for Richard III, RSC at the Barbican and Torch Song Trilogy at the Albery

Nominees:

  • Alun Armstrong for The Crucible and The Winter’s Tale, at Christ Church, Spitalfields
  • Kenneth Branagh for Henry V, RSC at the Barbican
  • Anthony Hopkins for Pravda at the National Theatre Olivier
  • Antony Sher for Richard III, RSC at the Barbican and Torch Song Trilogy at the Albery

Actress of the Year

Winner: Yvonne Bryceland for The Road To Mecca at the National Theatre Lyttelton

Nominees:

  • Yvonne Bryceland for The Road To Mecca at the National Theatre Lyttelton
  • Wendy Morgan for Martine, at the National Theatre Lyttelton
  • Harriet Walter for The Castle, RSC at The Pit
  • Joanne Whalley for Saved at the Royal Court

Comedy Performance of the Year

Winner: Michael Gambon for A Chorus Of Disapproval at the National Theatre Olivier

Nominees:

  • Michael Gambon for A Chorus of Disapproval at the National Theatre Olivier
  • Roger Rees for Love’s Labours Lost, RSC at the Barbican
  • Griff Rhys Jones for Trumpets And Raspberries at the Phoenix
  • Maggie Smith for The Way Of The World at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role

Winner: Imelda Staunton for A Chorus Of Disapproval at the National Theatre Olivier and The Corn Is Green at the Old Vic

Nominees:

  • Maria Aitken for Waste, RSC at The Pit
  • Patricia Routledge for Richard III, RSC at the Barbican
  • Imelda Staunton for A Chorus Of Disapproval at the National Theatre Oivier and The Corn Is Green at the Old Vic
  • Zoe Wanamaker for Mother Courage, RSC at the Barbican

Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical

Winner: Robert Lindsay for Me And My Girl, at the Adelphi

Nominees:

  • Alun Armstrong for Les Miserables, RSC at the Barbican
  • Robert Lindsay for Me And My Girl at the Adelphi
  • Mark McGann for Lennon at the Astoria
  • Colm Wilkinson for Les Miserables, RSC at the Barbican

Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Winner: Patti Lupone for The Cradle Will Rock at the Old Vic and Les Miserables, RSC at the Barbican

Nominees:

  • Betsy Brantley for Guys And Dolls at the Prince of Wales
  • Patti Lupone for The Cradle Will Rock at the Old Vic and Les Miserables, RSC at the Barbican
  • Carol Sloman for Lennon at the Astoria
  • Elisabeth Welch for Kern Goes To Hollywood at the Donmar Warehouse

Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre

Winner: Cheek By Jowl for Andromache, Pericles and Vanity Fair at the Donmar Warehouse

Nominees:

  • Frances Barber for Camille at the Comedy
  • Cheek By Jowl for Andromache, Pericles and Vanity Fair at the Donmar Warehouse
  • Druid Theatre Company for The Playboy Of The Western World at the Donmar Warehouse
  • Clive Mantle for Of Mice And Men at the Mermaid

Outstanding Individual Performance of the Year in a New Opera Production

Winner: Kathleen Battle for The Royal Opera’s Ariadne Auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House

Nominees:

  • Kathleen Battle for The Royal Opera’s Ariadne Auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House
  • Helen Field for The English National Opera’s Faust at the London Coliseum
  • Kenneth Riegel for The Royal Opera’s The Birthday Of The Infanta at the Royal Opera House
  • Marcus Stockhausen for The Royal Opera’s Donnerstag Aus Licht at the Royal Opera House

Outstanding New Opera Production of the Year

Winner: Xerxes, English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Nominees:

  • Akhnaten, English National Opera at the London Coliseum
  • Donnerstag Aus Licht, The Royal Opera at the London Coliseum
  • Faust, English National Opera, at the London Coliseum
  • Xerxes, English National Opera, at the London Coliseum

Outstanding New Dance Production of the Year

Winner: Pictures, Merce Cunningham at Sadler’s Wells

Nominees:

  • Pictures, Merce Cunningham at Sadler’s Wells
  • Romeo And Juliet, London Festival Ballet at the London Coliseum
  • The Sons Of Horus, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House
  • The Wand Of Youth, Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells

Outstanding Individual Performance of the Year in a New Dance Production

Winner: Yoko Morishita for the Matsuyama Ballet Company’s Giselle at the London Coliseum

Nominees:

  • Stephen Jeffries for The Royal Ballet’s The Sons Of Horus at the Royal Opera House
  • Yoko Morishita for the Matsuyama Ballet Company’s Giselle at the London Coliseum
  • Roland Price for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House
  • Bryony Brind for the Royal Ballet’s Young Apollo at the Royal Opera House

Comedy of the Year

Winner: A Chorus Of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn at the National Theatre Olivier

Nominees:

  • Bouncers by John Godber at the Donmar Warehouse
  • A Chorus Of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn at the National Theatre Olivier
  • Love’s Labours Lost by William Shakespeare, RSC at the Barbican
  • Pravda by Howard Brenton and David Hare at the National Theatre Olivier

Musical of the Year

Winner: Me And My Girl, book and lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, music by Noel Gay

Nominees:

  • Les Miserables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Tretzmer, music by Claude-Michael Schanberg
  • Me And My Girl, book and lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, music by Noel Gay

Play of the Year

Winner: Red Noses by Peter Barnes, RSC at the Barbican

Nominees:

  • Doomsday by Tony Harrison at the National Theatre Cottesloe
  • Red Noses by Peter Barnes, RSC at the Barbican
  • The Road To Mecca by Athol Fugard at the National Theatre Lyttelton
  • Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein at the Albery

The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement

Winner: Anthony Hopkins for Pravda at the National Theatre Olivier

Nominees:

  • The Almeida Theatre
  • Anthony Hopkins for Pravda at the National Theatre Olivier
  • Royal Court Theatre’s Edward Bond Season
  • RSC Tour of The Winter’s Tale and The Crucible

The Society’s Special Award

Sir John Gielgud

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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.