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Olivier Awards 2012: My recommendations
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Come on ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS!, National Theatre


BEST DIRECTOR - Nicholas Hytner - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BEST NEW PLAY - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BEST ACTOR - James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Oliver Chris - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
Photo credit: http://geraint-lewis.photoshelter.com/image/I0000ZtY37wuoJvQ

The Olivier Awards Website can be found here:
http://www.olivierawards.com/

Admittedly, both yvaine24 and captivebird have beaten me to this story, but very belatedly I am listing the riders that I am backing in the Olivier Awards.

BEST NEW PLAY - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST REVIVAL - Noises Off at the Old Vic

BEST ACTOR - Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller - Frankenstein at the Olivier, but also James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Oliver Chris - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST NEW MUSICAL - London Road at the Cottesloe

BEST DIRECTOR - (Obviously!) Nicholas Hytner - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST SOUND DESIGN - Frankenstein at the Olivier

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE - The Design Team for their work on the Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION - Some Like It Hip Hop by ZooNation at the Peacock

The Olivier Awards Ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 April.

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Not going to argue over the fact that One Man, Two Guvnors should and will scoop several more well deserved awards. Dammit I wish I could've seen it with James Cordon, but we country bumpkins have to live on severe cultural rations!

Saw a production of Noises Off in the West End decades ago and although I can't recall a single actor involved, I remember enjoying it immensely. The revival cast recently was so good it couldn't fail to be fabulous.

Frankenstein remains a phenomenon.

One Man, Two Guvnors was an NT Live - I went all out for it! But I think you could not do the date. However, it will be preserved for posterity at the Archive so maybe one day you will get to see it.

I will state upfront (before anyone knifes me) that this is just my personal opinion. My personal opinion is that One Man, Two Guvnors blows Frankenstein out of the water; that is why I have decided to illustrate this story with the photo I have chosen. For me, the only truly exceptional thing about Frankenstein was Benedict's performance as the Creature which was, to put it mildly, mind-blowing. But there were huge problems with the play and the ensemble cast, for a National Theatre production, was weak.

One Man, Two Guvnors. Everything about it is outstanding. The whole ensemble cast, each and every actor in the production, gives an exceptional performance. There are some great one-liners in there, which will just have you collapsing in stitches on the floor. Exceptional physical comedy, especially from Alfie the waiter. The writing is sharp and bright as a button. And finally, you have the band, and all the original music, which is just brilliant. The production has theatre, comedy and music all wrapped up in one package. It is THE best night out you can have at the theatre. Everyone who I have sent to see it has called me the day after they have been to tell me how much they truly enjoyed and loved it. What more can I say?

Come on, One Man, Two Guvnors!

Noises Off is fabulous. The Old Vic production is the only production of it I have seen but I enjoyed it immensely. I meant to post a review of it, but I just have too much else on at the moment.

The NT archive might become my new best friend for mornings before matinees. :-)) The Frankenstein script was terrible – disjointed and at times crass and puerile. The cast with the exception of the lead pair and Karl Johnston poorly chosen and lacking cohesion. And yet the production was a phenomenon for reasons beyond Benedict's performance involving Danny Boyle, dual leads swapping, Underworld soundscape, searing lighting, that damned bell reverberating through the auditorium, the amazing rotating pod onstage start, word of mouth and fan reaction. I was astounded that so many school parties were taken to see it – including my own son. Overall it was a majorly successful theatrical event despite its faults. But I wouldn't rush to see another play written by Nick Dear...

I 100% agree with everything you say re Frankenstein!

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