Olivier Awards 2023 – See our predicitions for this year’s ceremony!

Sunday is the day!

Taking place on 2 April at the Royal Albert Hall, the event will see the best performers and shows awarded and will feature amazing performances from all of the Best New Musical nominees, including The Band’s Visit, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, Sylvia and Tammy Faye.

Who’s presenting? 

Hannah Waddingham, Olivier Awards nominee and Ted Lasso star, will be hosting the event this year. She will also be performing a special opening number written by The Great British Bake Off Musical’s Pippa Cleary.

Presenting the awards will be Milly Alcock, Sheila Atim, Matthew Bourne, Darcey Bussell, Liz Carr, Divina De Campo, Es Devlin, Luke Evans, Helen George, Callum Scott Howells, Eddie Izzard, Cush Jumbo, Ronan Keating, Tim Minchin, Anne Reid, Golda Rosheuvel, Lea Salonga, Harriet Scott, Sheridan Smith, Mark Strong, Meera Syal, Sindhu Vee, Dita Von Teese and Aimee Lou Wood.

Who’s performing? 

Also performing alongside the Best New Musical nominees will be Oklahoma! and Sister Act, both nominated for the Best Musical Revival award. Disney’s Newsies, nominated for Best Choreography, will also be performing a show-stopping number.

What are the odds?

This year, My Neighbour Totoro leads the pack with a total of nine nominations alongside Standing at the Sky’s Edge with eight nods. But who will be the one to win? See our prediction below!

In the Best New Play category, our prediction is that Prima Facie will take home the award, with Jodie Comer also winning in the Best Actress category. The show is much loved by the audience and the Killing Eve actress is set to reprise her role in the Broadway production. Opposite her, in the Best Actor category, could be David Tennant for his role in GOOD or rising star Paul Mescal for his performance as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire.

In the Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, we’re placing our bets on an audience favourite, My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?), although it will have to face serious competition with My Neighbour Totoro and Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show.

Competition is roaring this year in the Best Musical Revival with My Fair Lady, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, Sister Act and South Pacific all nominated. We’re personally rooting for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! this year! Side note, in our opinion Grease, Beauty And The Beast and Legally Blonde should have also been part of the nominees this year. What a loss!

In the Best Revival, The Crucible might win, but Jerusalem is also a strong opponent! Best Actor in a Musical might go to Arthur Darvil for his role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! and Best Actress in a Musical to Faith Omole for Standing at the Sky’s Edge. 

Of course, we’ll keep our eyes on one of our favourite shows of the year: Sylvia! We’re especially rooting for Beverley Knight in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical category. Surprisingly, although Knight has already been nominated many times, she has never won. This year is the year for sure! The show also has a strong chance of winning Best New Musical, opposite another amazing show that won us over: The Band’s Visit.

For The Band’s Visit, Sharif Afifi could be winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical. And because the ensemble cast (Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence) of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy are just too impressive to be ignored, they have our vote!

The award for Best Director might go to Robert Hastie for Standing at the Sky’s Edge. 

Basil Twist could have that win in the Best Theatre Choreographer category in the bag with his work on My Neighbour Totoro. However, our bet is that Matt Cole will grab the top spot for sure for his work on Disney’s Newsies! In the Best Sound Design category, Bobby Aitken might take the award home for Standing at the Sky’s Edge.

And you? Who are you rooting for? Who do you think should win this year? Let us know!


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