UK Roundup - Olivier awards, Ralph Fiennes and more!
With the 'big three' musicals - The Woman in White, The Producers and Mary Poppins - this year's Laurence Olivier Awards were bound to have some exciting nominations, and sure enough they do not fail to disappoint. With all three the only nominees for Best New Musical, the judging panel's decision may form a closure on the debate of which is the best. The three shows were the only nominees in a total of three categories; Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Performance in a Supporting Role. Though a strenuous run proved tough for Nathan Lane, the actor has picked up a nomination along with co-star Lee Evans for Best Actor in a Musical. Leigh Zimmerman, Maria Friedman and Laura Michelle Kelly battle out the Best Actress category.
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Prepare for an epic Shakespeare outing as Ralph Fiennes leads a cast of over one hundred in Julius Caesar, directed by Debroah Warner. Prior to a European tour it will play at the Barbican Theatre with a cast including Simon Russell Beale (currently receiving excellent reviews as Macbeth at the Almeida) and
There's been lots of bits of casting news this week. Alison Jiear, one of the best things about