2020 Olivier Awards: Olivier Award-nominated shows currently in the West End

By | Posted on 03-Mar-2020

2020 Olivier Awards: Olivier Award-nominated shows currently in the West End

With nominations for the 2020 Olivier Awards now announced, don’t miss out on seeing some of the greatest West End theatre over the past 12 months. Book your tickets to these productions which have received numerous Olivier Award nominations between them and make sure you’ll be in the West End before these shows sell out!

Shows nominated for Olivier Awards you can see now

& Juliet

And Juliet

Filled with some of the greatest pop songs written by Max Martin, & Juliet gives a new life to Shakespeare’s doomed teenage protagonist, as she gets over Romeo by heading to Paris. & Juliet received nine nominations at the 2020 Olivier Awards, the most of any production.

List of nominations:

Best new musical
Best actress in a musical (Miriam Teak-Lee)
Best actor in a supporting role in a musical (David Bedella)
Best actress in a supporting role in a musical (Cassidy Janson)
Best original score
Best lighting design
Best costume design
Best set design
Best theatre choreographer

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

With a score including “Waving Through a Window and “You Will Be Found”, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is an uplifting musical that’s struck a powerful chord with critics everywhere and audiences of all generations. The International New York Times calls it “Theatrical Lightning. A true original, appealing directly to the heart.”

List of nominations:

Best new musical
Best actor in a musical (Sam Tutty)
Best actor in a supporting role in a musical (Jack Loxton)
Best actor in a supporting role in a musical (Rupert Young)
Best actress in a supporting role in a musical (Lucy Anderson)
Best actress in a supporting role in a musical (Lauren Ward)
Best original score

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

The cheery musical flew back into the Prince Edward Theatre in late 2019, transporting audiences to a jolly world with the help of Mary, Bert and the Banks children. It’s based on the P.L Travers books and features an original script by Julian Fellowes.

List of nominations:

Best musical revival
Best actor in a musical (Charlie Stemp)
Best actress in a musical (Zizi Strallen)
Best actress in a supporting role in a musical (Petula Clark)
Best set design
Best theatre choreographer

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Even though The Ocean at the End of the Lane was at the National Theatre for just seven weeks, the acclaimed play earned three Olivier Award nominations. It’s transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre from October 2020 too, so get ready to step into the underworld in this science-fiction masterpiece.

List of nominations:

Best new play
Best actress in a supporting role (Josie Walker)
Best lighting design

The Doctor

The Doctor

Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi, Juliet Stevenson plays a professor who denies her patient the chance to receive their last rites. After critically-acclaimed performances at the Almeida Theatre, The Doctor will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre from April 2020.

List of nominations:

Best new play
Best actress (Juliet Stevenson)

Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt

Inspired by his family history, the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s latest play follows a Jewish family in 20th century Europe as they rediscover what it means to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. It’s directed by Patrick Marber and it’s at the Wyndham’s Theatre to June 2020.

List of nominations:

Best new play
Best actor in a supporting role (Adrian Scarborough)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The kaleidoscopic coat brightened up in the West End in 2019, as Jason Donovan returned to the London stage to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic that dramatises the story of Joseph as told in the Book of Genesis and the multi-award-nominated production returns to the Palladium for a second summer.

List of nominations:

Best actor in a musical (Jac Yarrow)
Best musical revival

Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong

Penn & Teller collaborated with Mischief Theatre for the tricks in Magic Goes Wrong, with the cast donning their top hat and tails as they become magicians, attempting to raise as much money as possible at a charity event. It’s at the Vaudeville Theatre as part of the company’s season in the West End. Read our Magic Goes Wrong review here.

List of nominations:

Best entertainment or comedy play


Olivier Award-nominated shows that have closed

A Very Expensive Poison
Amélie The Musical
Baby Reindeer
Cyrano De Bergerac
Death Of A Salesman
Present Laughter
Evita
Rosmersholm
Fleabag
Fiddler on the Roof
Upstart Crow
All My Sons
Emilia
ANNA
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear – The Musical!
Oi Frog & Friends!
To The Moon And Back
The Worst Witch
Waitress
Uncle Vanya