Theatre Royal Bath’s work in London has been highlighted by an impressive seven nominations for the 2016 Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar. The nominations are for two separate productions, Mrs Henderson Presents and The Father, both of which originated in Bath and are currently running in the West End.

Mrs Henderson Presents - Theatre Royal Bath - Theatre BathMrs Henderson Presents has been nominated for the Mastercard Best New Musical Award with a further three nominations for its leading cast members, including Tracie Bennett for Best Actress in a Musical, Ian Bartholomew for Best Actor in a Musical, and Emma Williams for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.  Based on the hit 2005 film of the same title, Mrs Henderson Presents is adapted and directed by multi award-winning Terry Johnson with lyrics by Oscar-winning Don Black. The brand new musical is produced by Theatre Royal Bath and received its World Premiere in the Theatre Royal’s Main House last August before transferring to the West End’s Nöel Coward Theatre this February.

The Father - Theatre Royal Bath - Theatre BathThe Father has been nominated for the Virgin Atlantic Best New Play Award with Kenneth Cranham nominated as Best Actor for his leading role in the production. The announcement also sees Christopher Shutt nominated for Best Sound Design for The Father.  Produced by the Theatre Royal Bath, The Father received its UK Premiere at Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2014, before running at London’s Tricycle Theatre in spring 2015. The play returned to Bath to appear in the Theatre Royal’s Main House last June and transferred to the West End for the first time last September. The Father is currently enjoying its second West End run at Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by James Macdonald, The Father is written by Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, and stars Kenneth Cranham in the title role.

Theatre Royal Bath Productions, the Theatre Royal’s production arm, has created over 140 stage productions during the last eighteen years.

Danny Moar, Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, said,

“To receive seven Olivier Award nominations is a new record for the Theatre Royal Bath – where both of these brand new productions opened for the first time, before transferring to the West End. We are incredibly proud of our cast members and everyone working behind-the-scenes on these productions, to be recognised in the Olivier’s short-list for Mrs Henderson Presents and The Father, and across so many different categories, is simply wonderful.”

Established in 1976, the Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of outstanding London theatre and are the UK’s most prestigious stage honours. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards ceremony, which is billed as “an incredible evening of unique performances, stunning surprises and a fantastic celebration of the capital’s finest performances and productions”. 

The star-studded Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard ceremony will take place on Sunday 3rd April at the Royal Opera House.

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