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Nominations announced for the Olivier Awards 2022 with Mastercard

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2022 with Mastercard have fallen! We are more than delighted to announce the nominees for this year’s awards; our first Olivier Awards since 2020.

Cabaret’s new production at the Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse topped the charts this year, receiving eleven nominations, including Magic Radio Best Musical Revival; a nod to Jessie Buckley, Elliot Levey, Eddie Redmayne and Liza Sadovy for their performances; Rebecca Frecknall for her guidance; and nominations for costumes, sound design, choreography, set design and lighting!

The enchanting stage adaptation of Life of Pi at Wyndham’s Theater received an impressive nine nominations this year. In addition to Best New Play, it garnered nominations for Sound Design, Original Score, Choreography, Set Design, and Lighting Design. Max Webster also received the Best Director nomination and not only Hiran Abeysekera was nominated for his role as Pi, in an Olivier Awards first, the seven actors who play the Tiger were nominated together in the Best Actor category in a second role; Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink.

The revival of Anything Goes at the Barbican last year, which you may have seen on the BBC at Christmas! – also has nine nominations, with Carly Mercedes Dyer, Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay and Gary Wilmot all recognized for their performances as well as Kathleen Marshall for her direction. After breaking box office records at the Barbican last summer, the show is up for Magic Radio Best Musical Revival and received nominations for costume design, new orchestration and choreography.

Back to the Future – The Musical, a new stage adaptation of the hit 1985 sci-fi film currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre, has seven nominations; Broadway hit the Moulin Rouge! The musical at the Piccadilly Theater ends up with five, and Disney’s Frozen at the Theater Royal Drury Lane is nominated for four awards, as is Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, currently at the Lyric Theatre.

This year’s Mastercard Best New Musical nominees are Back to the Future – The Musical, Frozen, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and The Drifters Girl. These shows also saw nominations for actors Hugh Coles and Olly Dobson, Stephanie McKeon, Gabrielle Brooks and Arinzé Kene, Clive Carter and Beverley Knight.

Top of the plays just behind Life Of Pi are the National Theater production of The Normal Heart with five nominations; Donmar Warehouse’s The Constellations at the Vaudeville Theater with four nominations and 2:22 A Ghost Story with three, including one for Lily Allen as Best Actress for her West End debut!

Alongside Noël Coward Theatre’s 2:22 A Ghost Story and Life Of Pi, Best Of Enemies at the Young Vic and Cruise at the Duchess Theater are among the nominees for Best New Plays this year, along with Old Vic’s A Number, Constellations, The Normal Heart and the Almeida’s production of The Tragedy Of Macbeth is shortlisted for the Cunard Best Revival award.

There are some big names from TV and film in this year’s list of nominees, alongside the very recognizable faces of Lily Allen, Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne, The Crown’s Emma Corrin received a nod for her performance in Anna X at the Harold Pinter Theater and Cush Jumbo for the lead role in Young Vic’s Hamlet.

You can find the full list of this year’s nominees here and don’t forget you can more tickets to experience the glitz and glamor of the Olivier Awards in person this year, enjoy an evening of exclusive performances and be the very first to hear the winners as they are announced at the Royal Albert Hall itself. Book here exclusively on

Commenting on the nominations, Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theater and Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards, said:

“I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations and best of luck to all of the 2022 Olivier Awards nominees. This year’s fantastic array truly demonstrates the breadth and diversity of London’s premier theater industry, as well as its extraordinary creativity and resilience during an extremely difficult time for our sector. After a two-year hiatus, we are delighted to be able to bring the theater community together once again to celebrate our brightest talents. I am sure the atmosphere at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, April 10 will be absolutely electric.