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Donmar Warehouse receives 10 Olivier Award nominations


The Donmar Warehouse today received 10 Olivier nominations across five productions – this is the most number of productions that have been nominated in any one year in the company’s history. The five productions, out of a total of eight staged this year, are Red, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll’s House at the company’s home base in Covent Garden, and Madame de Sade and Hamlet – part of the Donmar’s sell-out West End season at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Michael Grandage’s production of the world première of John Logan’s Red, which recently closed at the Donmar and will shortly transfer to Broadway, receives three nominations – Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Redmayne, Best New Play and Best Set Design for Christopher Oram (who has already won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Design for this production).
Grandage also receives a nomination for Best Director for Hamlet which, following performances at the Wyndham’s Theatre, transferred to Elsinore, and then Broadway. Jude Law who led the company as Hamlet also receives a nomination for Best Actor. Law also recently won the award for Best Shakespearean Performance at the Critics’ Circle Awards for the same role. Jude Law said today, “Returning to the theatre, to play Hamlet in the Donmar’s West End Season and to take it to both Elsinore and Broadway, has been something of an epic journey and has meant an enormous amount to me. To receive an Olivier nomination as well is the icing on the cake and I am absolutely thrilled.”

Rachel Weisz, fresh from winning both the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards, is nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. She goes head to head with Gillian Anderson who is recognised for her performance as Nora in A Doll’s House.
In addition to Best Actress, Donmar Associate Director Rob Ashford’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire also receives nominations for Best Revival and Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Wilson.
Designer Christopher Oram takes a second nomination for Best Costume Design for his work on Madame de Sade – part of the West End season.
Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar said today, “2009 was one of the most significant years in the Donmar’s history as we played to our widest audience base since the organisation was formed. To be recognised with ten Olivier nominations across five productions is a very great honour and a testament to all the extraordinary people who have worked for the Donmar in the last twelve months.”

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The full list of nominations is:
Best Actor:
Jude Law, Hamlet
– Donmar at Wyndham’s
Best Actress:
Rachel Weisz, A Streetcar Named Desire
– Donmar
Gillian Anderson, A Doll’s House – Donmar
Best Supporting Actor:
Eddie Redmayne, Red
– Donmar
Best Supporting Actress:
Ruth Wilson, A Streetcar Named Desire
– Donmar
Best Director:
Michael Grandage, Hamlet
– Donmar at Wyndham’s
Best New Play:
– Donmar

Best Revival:
A Streetcar Named Desire
– Donmar
Best Set Design
Christopher Oram – Donmar
Best Costume Design
Madame de Sade, Christopher Oram
– Donmar at Wyndham’s


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