Nominations for 2022 Olivier Awards announced with Lily Allen, Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley shortlisted

After a two year COVID-19-enforced hiatus, the nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards have been announced.

The awards celebrate the best in UK theatre and the 2022 nominees include Eddie Redmayne, Jessie Buckley, Lily Allen and Stephanie McKeon.

Buckley and Redmayne both received nominations for the West End revival of Cabaret, as leading actress and actor in a musical category respectively.

Cabaret received 11 nominations overall.

Anything Goes, which was on at the Barbican in 2021, has been nominated for nine gongs, including best actor and actress in a musical.

Life of Pi topped the play categories, with nine nominations, including for several actors taking the role of the tiger Richard Parker.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical has been shortlisted for five awards, as has the National Theatre production of The Normal Heart.

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Back To The Future – The Musical was a new stage adaption of the 1985 film and has received seven nominations.

Allen has been shortlisted for the best actress award, for her West End debut in 2:22 Ghost Story and McKeon has been shortlisted for best actress in a musical category, for her role as Anna in Frozen The Musical.

Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and executive producer of the Olivier Awards, said: “I want to offer enormous congratulations to all the 2022 Olivier Awards nominees.

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“This year’s fantastic array truly demonstrates the breadth and diversity of London’s world-leading theatre industry, and its extraordinary creativity and resilience during an extremely challenging period for our sector.

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“After a two-year hiatus, we are delighted to be able to bring the theatre community together again to celebrate our brightest talents.

“I’m sure the atmosphere in the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10 April will be absolutely electric.”

This year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April, with Jason Manford taking the hosting duties.

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