James McAvoy in the press room at the 2015 Oliviers launch: From Official London Theatre

James McAvoy in the press room at the 2015 Oliviers launch: From Official London Theatre coverage

I offered my own take on yesterday’s 2015 Laurence Olivier nominations yesterday. But my view is only one, of course. The shortlists announcement was live-streamed across myriad platforms and attracted international headlines. So how did other commentators interpret the shortlists?

Well, angles are varied, but they largely break down into the following five main thrusts:

  1. The Young Vic is astonishing (and the National should be mortified) – taken by most of the ‘serious’ UK newspapers’ arts correspondents
  2. It was an almighty year for musicals, particularly Memphis and Beautiful taken by the rest of the serious UK correspondents (including the BBC news report, in which I was quoted)
  3. Nicole Scherzinger graduates from Pussycat doll and X Factor judge to West End diva (and, according to some, has virtually already won her Olivier) – taken by most of the tabloids and showbiz mags
  4. A few other famous people also got nominated, including Gillian Anderson, Gemma Arterton, whose show is about to close, and James McAvoy, who looked very handsome helping to announce the shortlists – taken by most of the other tabloids and showbiz mags
  5. Broadway musicals are besting Brits on their own turf – taken by Americans

I’ve rounded up some of the most prominent examples of all five Olivier nominations news types below, along with some press room interviews, photos and video, as well as some opinion pieces from three critics who know what they’re talking about.


Musicals Lead Olivier Nominations – and Terri Paddock Gets Quoted!

BBC News: This one comes first because I’m quoted in it! On musicals, new plays from the subsidised sector and more… Plus, it’s a great round-up by the BBC’s arts correspondent Tim Masters…

Memphis, Beautiful and Young Vic Lead Olivier nominations

Musicals Memphis and Beautiful lead the nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards, with nine and eight nods respectively – the most for individual productions. The Young Vic has also…

Memphis and Beautiful on Song for the 2015 Olivier Awards

Memphis has the most nominations for a single show with nine, including for its star Beverley Knight, while Beautiful, inspired by the life of singer Carole King, secured eight.


Young Vic steals the Spotlight in Oliviers Shortlists

The Young Vic emerged as the big winner at the 2015 Olivier awards shortlist announcement with 11 nominations across four productions, including A View From the Bridge and A Streetcar Named Desire.

National Theatre Suffers Olivier Awards Embarrassment

The National Theatre’s sole Olivier Awards nomination was for Here Lies Love The National has been eclipsed by the Young Vic, which received 11 nominations in total.

Young Vic Upstages the National in British Theatre

While the National received just three nominations – all for the same play – the Young Vic swept the board with 11, the most for any single venue.

Young Vic and Almeida Dominate in Oliviers Nominations

After years of National Theatre and Royal Court dominance, it’s the Young Vic and the resurgent Almeida that lead the way in the nominations list for this year’s Olivier Awards.

Young Vic lead Olivier Awards race

The Young Vic has received a staggering 11 nominations for the Olivier Awards 2015. Its phenomenal success is followed closely by Memphis The Musical, this year’s most nominated production.


Broadway’s Memphis, Beautiful Lead London’s Oliviers

American musicals dominated the 2015 Olivier Award nominations, with Memphis and Beautiful leading the pack with a combined total of 17 nods. The National Theatre, meanwhile, had a bad haul.

Olivier Nominations Honor Broadway’s Memphis and Beautiful

The nominations were announced by actors Lesley Manville (winner of the Best Actress Award last year for Ghosts, which is now BAM-bound) and James McAvoy.

Two Broadway musical imports top London theatre awards

Broadway does it better? Transfers of Memphis and Carole King musical Beautiful lead this year’s Olivier Awards nominations in London.

NNew York Musicals Lead Olivier Nominations

Memphis the Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will lead the pack at this year’s Olivier Awards. Memphis, starring Beverley Knight, has nine nominations.

Beautiful and Memphis Score Big at Olivier Awards

More big business for Broadway product. Two Broadway musicals Memphis The Musical and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical receive the most Olivier nods.

Memphis, Beautiful Lead Race for 2015 Olivier Awards

Tony Award-winner Memphis: The Musical and Carole King show Beautiful lead the race for British theater’s Olivier Awards, with a clutch of nominations each, including best new musical.


Nicole Scherzinger Gets Olivier Award Nod for Cats

Former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger could be in line for one of Britain’s top acting accolades, after it was announced she had been nominated for an Olivier Award.

Nicole Scherzinger Scores Best Actress Nomination

Nicole Scherzinger has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her West End debut performance in Cats. The singer and former X Factor judge starred as Grizabella.

Former Pop Kitten in line for Top Stage Award for Grown Cat

Nicole Scherzinger, once a Pussycat Dolls, has been shortlisted for her West End debut performance in Cats. The singer and former X Factor judge starred in the role originated by Elaine Paige.

Scherzinger up for Theatre Prize

Nicole Scherzinger has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her West End debut performance in Cats. She faces competition from Haydn Gwynne and Samantha Bond.

Nicole Nominated for Olivier Award for West End Debut

The singer and former X Factor judge starred as Grizabella – originally played by Elaine Paige – in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, which is also up for best musical revival.

Nicole Scherzinger Scores Olivier Award Nod for Stage Debut

The former Pussycat Dolls singer is up for the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical prize for her portrayal of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revived stage show, competing against…


Olivier Awards: Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, Fatboy Slim in the Running

Nominees for British theater’s most prestigious prizes, the Olivier Awards, were announced this afternoon in London with several well-known names in the bunch. (And Slim is one of the most famous 3?)

Gillian Anderson, Nicole Scherzinger and James McAvoy Earn Nominations

Anderson attended the Evening Standard Awards in November. Will she show up this time? Will she win over Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton for Best Actress?

And the Nominees for the Olivier Awards Are…

(Is Mirren nominated again? Did I miss something?) Nominees for this year’s Oliviers have been announced. At the most prestigious prizes in British theater, the notable mentions for this year’s act

Gemma Arterton Nominated For Olivier Award

Gemma Arterton has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Made In Dagenham which is due to close next month. The actress has received wide plaudits for her first onstage musical.


James McAvoy: ‘Government Doesn’t Care about Upward Mobility’

James McAvoy has said the government wants “to keep people where they are born” by removing access to arts education. McAvoy was speaking after being nominated for Best Actor at the Oliviers.

Katie Brayben: ‘I don’t read reviews’

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical star Katie Brayben has spoken of her excitement at being nominated for an Olivier Award. The actress portrays the singer-songwriter in the new West End.

PHOTOS: Onstage & Press Room

One of the most highly anticipated dates of the London theatre calendar, the Olivier Awards nominations announcement, gathered West End performers and producers.

VIDEO: Olivier Nominees React

James McAvoy promising to turn up hungover and Jon Jon Briones on the brink of tears; just some of the reactions we caught on camera as this year’s Olivier Award nominees reacted to the shortlists.


Natasha Tripney: Oliviers Nominations Solid But Too Timid

It’s really pleasing to see the Young Vic being recognised at this year’s Olivier awards for its bold, smart programming; scoring 11 nominations.

Mark Shenton: Shortlists Underline Importance of Broadway

On Broadway, all talk right now and for the next three months is of the Tony Awards: there are no fewer than 17 Tony-eligible shows opening in March and April alone.

Dominic Cavendish: Oliviers Prove Small Theatres Are Blazing the Way

There’s no avoiding it now, when people look back on 2014, one play in particular is going to stand out head and shoulders as being the play of the year – Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III.