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In Artistic Director Michael Grandage’s fifth year at the Donmar, the company has received thirteen Olivier Award nominations – a record for the Covent Garden based theatre. Four out of the six productions staged in the last year have been recognised, with Grandage’s current production of Othello securing four nominations, and Rob Ashford’s production of the musical Parade receiving seven nominations.

The nominations for Othello include Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor who recently received The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance at last month’s Critics’ Circle Awards.

Rob Ashford receives two nominations for Parade – for Best Choreographer and Best Director. This production at the Donmar marked his directorial debut.

In addition, Penelope Wilton is nominated for the Best Actress Award for her role in Grandage’s production of John Gabriel Borkman – she will face Kelly Reilly as Desdemona for Othello; and Michael Frayn’s The Crimson Hotel is in the running for Best New Comedy. The Crimson Hotel was part of the Absurdia triple bill.

Artistic Director Michael Grandage said today, “We constantly strive to stage work of the highest calibre, and I’m obviously thrilled that our productions have been recognised with so many nominations. It is particularly exciting as we are in the process of expanding our audience through our work at the Donmar and the Donmar West End season at the Wyndham’s in the year ahead.”

The full list of nominees is:
Best Actress in a Play
Kelly Reilly – Othello
Penelope Wilton – John Gabriel Borkman

Best Actor in a Play
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Othello

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Michelle Fairley – Othello

Best Newcomer
Tom Hiddleston – Othello

Best New Comedy
The Crimson Hotel by Michael Frayn

Best New Musical

Best Actress in a Musical
Lara Pulver – Parade

Best Actor in a Musical
Bertie Carvel – Parade

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Sean Escoffery – Parade

Best Director
Rob Ashford – Parade

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford – Parade

Best Sound Design
Terry Jardine & Nick Lidster – Parade

Donmar contact: Kate Morley, kate@blueprintpr.co.uk

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