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Olivier Awards 2018: nominations in numbers

Imelda Staunton in Follies at the National Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton Imelda Staunton received nods in both the best actress in a musical and play categories, while Follies (in which she is pictured) received 10 nominations
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Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2018 were announced on March 6. Here is a breakdown of the facts and figures in detail.

108 – productions eligible for the Olivier Awards 2018 in the main theatre categories
42 – the number of years the Oliviers have been running

Record breakers

13 – nominations for Hamilton, making it the most nominated production in history, surpassing previous joint record holders Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Hairspray, which each held 11

Giles Terera has been nominated for best actor in a musical for Hamilton. Photo: Matthew Murphy

By gender

7 – nominations for women in individual non-gendered categories (theatre choreographer, lighting, sound, costume, set and director)
19 – nominations for men in individual non-gendered categories

Compared to last year:

4 – for women in these categories
21 – for men

Paule Constable was nominated twice in the lighting design category for her work on Follies and Angels in America, both at the National Theatre

Movers and shakers

2 – nominations for Imelda Staunton this year, in both the actress in a musical and actress in a play categories
13 – total number of nominations received by Imelda Staunton throughout her career
18 – nods for Sonia Friedman Productions, compared to 31 in 2017
10 – nominations for Follies at the National Theatre, including two for best actress in a musical and three across the design categories
8 – for The Ferryman at the Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre, including a first time nomination for Laura Donnelly for best actress
6 – for Angels in America at the National Theatre
5 – for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which originated at Sheffield Theatres before transferring to the Apollo Theatre
5 – for Girl From the North Country at the Old Vic, now running at the Noel Coward Theatre

The cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Photo: Alastair Muir

Subsidised vs commercial

40 – nominations for subsidised productions, which includes Follies at the National as well as productions at Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House
56 – nominations for commercial productions

By theatre

22 – nominations for the National Theatre across four productions
7 – nods for the Almeida Theatre for Hamlet and Ink by James Graham

Ink at the Almeida


0 – nominations for the Young Vic, which had productions including The Jungle and Wings
0 – Mike Bartlett’s Albion at the Almeida Theatre, starring Victoria Hamilton, received no nominations
0 – nominations for Carl Grose’s The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios
0 – for Philip Quast or Peter Forbes in Follies at the National
1 – Bat Out of Hell the Musical at the London Coliseum received only one nomination, for best sound design

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