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Oliviers 2017: nominations in numbers

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Nominations for the 2017 Olivier Awards were announced this week. Here’s a breakdown of the facts and figures in detail.

41 – the Oliviers have been running for 41 years

Record breakers

11 – nods for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the most that a new play has ever received in Olivier history. It needs to win eight of them to beat the record set in 2013 by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

31 – nominations for shows produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. The SFP shows nominated are: Dreamgirls, Funny Girl, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Nice Fish, The Glass Menagerie and Travesties

19 – the number of categories that Sonia Friedman’s productions are nominated in. There are 21 theatre categories in total

Movers and shakers

8 – nominations for Groundhog Day. It’s up for best new musical and Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus is up for best director

5 – nominations for Dreamgirls, which had its West End premiere last year, 35 years after it was written

5 – nominations picked up by Travesties, including Tom Hollander in the running for best actor

9 – nominations for productions from the Menier Chocolate Factory, a record for the London theatre. Five of these went to Travesties, two to Funny Girl, and one apiece to The Truth and David Baddiel – My Family Not the Sitcom

3 – Andrew Lloyd Webber is back with three nods for three different musicals: Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard and his latest show School of Rock The Musical

5 – Kenneth Branagh has been nominated five times in the past, but has only won once, back in 1982 when he was named best newcomer. He will receive a special award this year.

Subsidised vs commercial

54 – nominations for commercial productions

14 – nominations for subsidised productions

7 – nods for the National Theatre for five productions: Peter Pan, Hedda Gabler, The Threepenny Opera, Amadeus and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

2 – Donmar Warehouse productions nominated for best new play. They are One Night In Miami by Kemp Powers and Elegy by Nick Payne. These are the Donmar’s only two nominations this year

15 – number of productions at the Royal Court in 2016

6 – number of productions at the Almeida in 2016

7 – number of Royal Shakespeare Company productions in London in 2016

0 – nods for the Almeida, the Royal Court and the RSC combined

Over the past decade

Nominations for productions in subsidised theatres

2008 – 34
2009 – 26
2010 – 35
2011 – 34
2012 – 24
2013 – 26
2014 – 30
2015 – 26
2016 – 20
2017 – 14

National Theatre nominations

2008 – 15
2009 – 5
2010 – 8
2011 – 17
2012 – 15
2013 – 14
2014 – 9
2015 – 3
2016 – 7
2017 – 7

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