In an outstanding year for London theatre, the opera categories of the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards are dominated by The Royal Opera House with six nominations.

Three of the four productions in the Best New Opera category are from The Royal Opera House - DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, LULU and TRISTAN UND ISOLDE – but they face stiff competition from English National Opera’s PETER GRIMES at the London Coliseum.

Performers from all four productions above are also shortlisted for the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award. Nominees include Anja Kampe for her performance in Royal Opera’s DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER and Stuart Skelton for his performance in English National Opera’s PETER GRIMES at the London Coliseum plus Nina Steme and Michael Volle for their performances in the Royal Opera’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.

In theatre, the Royal Court Theatre has an impressive total of 15 nominations, over ten categories and four productions, followed by the Donmar with ten and the National Theatre with nine.

New plays and revivals of classics lead the pack and the strength of talent has been so strong that the Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Revival categories have been extended to six nominations each.

President of SOLT, Nica Burns says of the nominations:

"In an outstanding year for drama, a whole new generation of playwrights step into the spotlight. Eight wonderful new plays – challenging, stimulating and inspiring – include two women in their twenties. Mirroring this, the voting for the best acting awards was so close that the nominations had to be increased, with some of the most exciting young acting talent around taking their place alongside some our most acclaimed screen stars. What a memorable year!"

Key dates:

Tuesday 2 March – nominees lunch held at The Haymarket Hotel, London
Sunday 21 March - 34th Laurence Olivier Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Up to the minute news about the awards can be found on the link below.


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