nerves, speech, practicing false face cards - nominated for five Olivier Awards this year, including Luke Treadaway and Hattie Morahan, Laura Barnett talk about one of the greatest honors theater
1. Tom Chambers
nominated for best actor in a musical, Top Hat
When I learned that I had been appointed, who had just left a bad audition. I saw the e-mail from my agent and I was high as a kite. Most players dream of winning an Olivier, who was in the back of my mind when I first heard I had the role of Jerry Travers. It was a spectacle the world premiere with me in the role of Fred Astaire immortalized in 1935. It was a great opportunity, and the producers wanted me to take all the way. In one of the first meetings I had with a dialect coach, learning an American accent on the east coast in 1930, a wine producer and said: "We want Tom to be the best you can be in the desire to win an Olivier .. "No small degree of pressure - but when I walked into the rehearsal room, all that is left of my mind
course, you can not win - and no, I have not been practicing a face fake sincerity congratulate the dancer. It's like being in second place in a race: will be nominated me in the grave. Does it help you get a job? Maybe. Just after I had heard of the appointment, I auditioned for a big BBC drama, and could not help but tell them about it. I got the job.
2. Simon McBurney
Nominated for Best Director,
The Master and Margarita
get me wrong, it is an honor - but the experience is curious. After spending so much time trying to make a show in the intimate partnership of trust with materials that are committed to, it is disturbing to find the actions of another person environment, having no idea what costume to use, or even if you have a speaking part. Toby Sedgwick received his award in 2008 to choreograph War Horse neighing in the micro - perhaps the most eloquent response to a surreal night are prices changed over the years? Yes I went for the first time at the end of 1980, when [Complicity theater company] have been appointed for a season that we did at the Almeida [in London]. It was a big deal, with masses of people, and then ended up in a seedy hotel, with hardly anyone there. Now they are apparently for Bafta television. The only difference is that the television audience has never heard of most people, and the theater, you'll wonder why everyone is crying, and video clips look so dramatic lighting
Remember, this is only one aspect of theater in London, not in the UK, and many of the best works can not by definition be recognized. The boundaries between designers, actors, writers and directors are also not clear. My appointment as director, while flattering, does not reflect the fact that the Master and Margarita was done in collaboration. I like to see a Best together.
But an opportunity to celebrate should be taken. I hope these awards remind the government divides each show, we see that it has grown out of the grant, in one way or another.
3. Hattie Morahan
Nominated for Best Actress,
is impossible to know why he was appointed. Maybe it has something to do with playing a "part owner" means a function known as Nora in A Doll's House. But really, I think the production works because playwright Simon Stephens surprising adaptation. It's fun to do Somehow, the Olivier Award as nonsense: how the heck do they compare? There are all sorts of arcane eligibility criteria. I saw so many great performances last year - Love, love, love the royal court, the shawl Young Vic - works that are etched in my mind, but for one reason or another, do not have had a look.
This will be my first time at the ceremony. I have not written a speech - it feels like jinxing - but probably I will outline the skeleton: the worst thing would be to go on stage and forget that you want to thank. I think Helen Mirren will win and it will be a relief. At least I could relax and enjoy. The prices Evening Standard last year [Morahan won the best actress] my stomach was a knot overnight. I hope you get my middle-class early.nominated for Best Actor,