The nominations for one of the most sought-after awards in theatre, the Olivier Awards, include two shows brought to the stage with the help of the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Sophie-Louise Dann has been nominated for Best Performance In A Supporting Role In A Musical for her part in Lend Me A Tenor, presented by arrangement with the Theatre Royal Plymouth, and the Theatre Royal’s Wardrobe Department were part of the costume making team for Crazy For You, which has been nominated for the Best Costume Design award.
Sophie-Louise Dann played the ambitious diva Diana DiVane in Lend Me A Tenor, a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance, which also starred Matthew Kelly as Henry Saunders, the Executive Director of Cleveland Grand Opera.
The production had a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, where it opened in 2010, before a West End run at the Gielgud Theatre last year. The Theatre Royal was heavily involved in Lend Me A Tenor – the original set and props as well as many of the costumes were made at TR2, the Theatre Royal’s production centre, and the cast rehearsed there before the show opening.
Crazy For You, which was performed at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, has been nominated for three Oliviers: Best Musical Revival and Best Theatre Choreography as well as Best Costume Design. The Theatre Royal’s Wardrobe Department made 10 costumes for the show. Head of Wardrobe, Dina Hall, said, “We’re very pleased to hear the show has been nominated, it’s lovely to hear that the costumes were appreciated. They were a stunning set of designs and were great fun to make.”
The Olivier Awards are among the most highly regarded in the industry, and past winners have included Judi Dench, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Bennett.
The winners of the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday 15 April, which will also be covered live on the BBC Red Button and on BBC Radio 2.
For more information, visit the Olivier Award website