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15 nominations for National Theatre at the Olivier Awards

14 th March 2024

The National Theatre has stacked up a staggering 15 nominations across four original productions in this year’s Olivier Awards!

The most prestigious theatre awards in the country, an Olivier nomination or award is always an impressive achievement, especially in such a competitive year for British theatre.

The National’s most nominated show is Dear England with nine nominations including Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director and Best New Play. Starring Ralph Fiennes as the England football manager, the new play by James Graham had a sell-out run on the Olivier stage in summer 2023 before moving to the Prince Edward Theatre.

Beth Steel’s Till the Stars Come Down (currently playing on the Dorfman stage) also picked up a nomination for Best New Play, as did The Motive and the Cue which was also nominated for Best Actor and Best Director, while Lucy Prebble’s The Effect has been nominated for Best Revival.

The winners of this year's Laurence Olivier Awards will be announced in a glittering awards show on 14 April at the Royal Albert Hall.

Coming up in 2024

2024 looks set to be yet another blockbuster year for the iconic theatre with a sizzling line-up of even more exciting debuts and revivals on the way. If you haven’t already got your tickets for these upcoming National Theatre shows, we recommend you snap them up ASAP!

Underdog: The Other Other Bronte Sister

27 Mar–15 May
Sarah Gordon’s (The Edit) new play is an irreverent retelling of the life and legend of the Brontë sisters, that explores the relationship between the sisters and the sibling power dynamics that shaped their uneven rise to fame.

Poster for London Tide play. Two women stand at shoulder height in a misty river

London Tide

10 Apr–22 Jun
Directed by Ian Rickson (Translations) and adapted by Ben Power (The Lehman Trilogy), with original songs throughout written by acclaimed singer-songwriter, PJ Harvey, this romantic and propulsive thrilling is based on Charles Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend.

Boys from the Black Stuff

22 May–8 Jun
Following a sell-out run at Liverpool’s Royal Court, James Graham’s (Dear England) powerful new adaptation of playwright Alan Bleasdale’s 1982 TV series comes to the National Theatre. Described by The Guardian as “a richly enjoyable show, funny, incendiary and humane” and a “powerful portrayal of working class pride”.


22 Jun–10 Aug
25 years after its first staging, British theatre company Complicité’s ‘Astonishing, transfixing, transcendent’ (New York Times) production returns to the Olivier stage at the National Theatre. Tickets are already selling fast for this highly anticipated revival.

The Hot Wing King

11 Jul–14 Sep
Full of laughter, song and healing, Katori Hall’s (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, The Mountaintop) Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy set at the Hot Wing Festival in Memphis makes its London debut in a fiery new production directed by Roy Alexander Weise.

The Grapes of Wrath

17 Jul–14 Sep
Carrie Cracknell (Julie, The Deep Blue Sea) directs Frank Galati’s award-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece. Starring Tony Award-winner Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie, Succession) as Ma Joad, this is a moving and deeply atmospheric story of a struggle against a hostile climate to find a place to call home.


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