Hampstead Theatre nominated for an ‘unprecedented’ seven Olivier Awards

Sunny Afternoon saw several nominations

Sunny Afternoon saw several nominations - Credit: Archant

Staff at Hampstead Theatre are celebrating unprecedented success this week after being nominated for seven Olivier Awards.

Judges of the prestigious theatre awards ceremony recognised three shows at the playhouse in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, giving it the second highest number of nominations for any producing theatre.

Nominations include for Best New Musical (Sunny Afternoon)pictured above; Best Actress (Imelda Staunton for Good People); Best Actor (John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon); Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon); Best Sound Design (Matt McKenzie for Sunny Afternoon); Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds); and Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music (Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon).

With just one of the National Theatre’s plays recognised, this year’s awards has seen more recognition for smaller venues.

Edward Hall, artistic director of Hampstead Theatre, said: “It is a recognition of the work the subsidised sector brings to the entertainment industries that Sunny Afternoon and Good People started at Hampstead and transferred to the West End, and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds is part of our programme of developing new talent.”

The awards ceremony will take place on April 12.