Tony Awards 2014: Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance lead 14 British nominations
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Tuesday 29 April 2014
Mark Rylance will go head to head with Stephen Fry for a Tony Award, on a “good day” for British productions which secured 14 nominations at the US theatre’s equivalent of the Oscars.
British backstage talent landed a string of nominations announced at the 2014 Tony Awards yesterday, which one expert said, “just proves the strength of theatre making in this country”.
Acclaimed actor Rylance, who has already won two Tonys, is this year up for best actor for Richard III, as well as best supporting actor for Twelfth Night, the category in which he faces co-star Fry, and another co-star, Paul Chahidi.
Alistair Smith, acting editor of The Stage, said: “It was yet another good day for the Brits at the Tony Awards. For a few years now performers and creative teams from the UK have been nominated and gone onto win.” Last year, Matilda the Musical won four awards.
Shakespeare’s Globe was handed eight nominations, seven for Twelfth Night including best revival and Rylance’s for Richard III. The actor will be up against Ireland’s Chris O’Dowd, who starred in Of Mice and Men, and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.
Yet there was surprise that Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen missed out for their performances in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.
Another transatlantic success story that started in the West End was The Cripple of Inishmaan, which received six nominations. This included best revival, and nods for its director Michael Grandage and actress Sarah Greene.
Behind the scenes, the UK was also represented by Julian Crouch, nominated for musical set design on Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
ES Devlin, who won an Olivier award this month for Chimerica, is up for play set design for Machinal while Mick Potter is nominated for his sound design on Les Miserables.
Tim Rice, whose musical From Here to Eternity closed early in the West End, has been nominated for his lyrics on Aladdin.
Audra McDonald, who starred as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, could break a record this year: winning in the best actress category would mean her sixth Tony, a record for an actress.
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