National theatre makes record £80 million

One Man Two Guvnors helps propel NT to recording-breaking profits (c) Johan Persson

The National Theatre has revealed record-breaking takings of £80 million. The figure is more than double what the theatre made a decade ago. The period covering March 2011 to March 2012 saw National Theatre productions play to 2.3 million people.

War Horse continued its success, bringing in more than £15 million of box office revenue at the New London Theatre for the National.

One Man, Two Guvnors was another success story, with more than 300,000 people seeing the play world-wide in this year alone. It was also the most-successful screening of the National Theatre Live’s collection, with over 50,000 visitors going to the cinema to see it.

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Olivier Awards 2012 – The nominations


Teaching Drama 
was invited to The Mayfair Hotel by The Olivier Awards to hear them reveal this year’s nominees. 2011 winners, Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam, were in attendance to announce this year’s shortlist.

The RSC’s Matilda The Musical is this year’s frontrunner having secured ten nominations in categories for sound design, lighting, costume, set and choreography. Bertie Carvel, who has been starring as Miss Trunchbull, has been nominated for best actor in a musical and the Matildas were also nominated for best actress in a musical.

Ghost The Musical received five nods for categories in design and for best new musical. Singin’ In The Rain also came away with nods for best actress in a musical for Scarlett Strallen and best musical revival, where it will have to beat out Crazy for you, South Pacific and The Wizard of Oz. 

James Cordon was nominated for best actor for The National’s One Man, Two Guvnors. He will have to battle it out for the title against big screen stars, Jonny Lee Miller for Frankenstein and Jude Law for Anna Christie. Celia Imrie, from Noises Off , has been nominated for best actress along with Kristin Scott Thomas for her role in Betrayal.  

The Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday 15 April at the Royal Opera House. The ceremony will be available to watch through the BBC’s red button service and also broadcast on BBC Radio 2. The Olivier Awards have also organised a Covent Garden Piazza event. The public will be able to see performances from some of London’s shows and watch the ceremony unfold live on a big screen relay.

To watch the nominations, visit the webcast here.
For more information visit www.olivierawards.com

Whatsonstage Awards crown 2012 winners

The Prince of Wales Theatre played host to the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards on 19 February. The awards were hosted by former Legally Blonde The Musical star Sheridan Smith, QI panellist Alan Davies and comedian Jenny Eclair.

Matilida The Musical was the big winner of the evening, taking away four awards, including best new musical. Lyricist Tim Minchin was also named as The Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year. Teaching Drama magazine’s former cover star Bertie Carvel was nominated for best actor in a musical for his role as Miss Trunchbull, but was beaten to the award by former Coronation Street actor Richard Fleeshman for Ghost The Musical. 

The National Theatre were successful in securing a number of awards for its productions for the past season. Artistic director for this summer’s Olympic Games, Danny Boyle, was named best director for Frankenstein. Catherine Tate was named best supporting actress for Season’s Greetings, and One Man, Two Guvnors came away with best new comedy, best supporting actor for Oliver Chris and best actor for James Corden. The hit play will transfer to Broadway in April.

Smaller scale productions were also honoured with The Tricycle’s timely production of The Riots awarded best off-West End play. Ben Brown was won best new play for Three Days in May at Trafalgar Studios.

Whatsonstage claim that they are ‘the only major prize-giving event for the theatre industry voted for purely by the ticket-buying public.’ This year they estimated that 70,000 people voted for the prizes.

For the full list of winners visit Whatsonstage Awards.