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Five Olivier Award nominations for Liverpool Playhouse for The Ladykillers

15th March 2012 The Ladykillers _Clive Rowe, Peter Capaldi, Ben Miller, Marcia Warren, Stephen Wight, James Fleet ©  Manuel Harlan

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse co-production of The Ladykillers has been nominated for five Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director for Sean Foley and Best Actress for Marcia Warren, leading the field along with the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors.

The play by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd), adapted from William Rose’s original 1955 Ealing Comedy, opened at the Liverpool Playhouse in November 2011 with a sell out run ahead of its West End debut at the Gielgud Theatre where it is currently running until Saturday April 14.

The production was Linehan’s first for the stage and it has been rewarded with a nomination in the prestigious Best New Play category.

Director Sean Foley has been recognised in the Best Director category alongside Nicholas Hytner who directed One Man, Two Guvnors, while Marcia Warren, who played Mrs Wilberforce in the production, has been nominated for Best Actress.

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz said: “We are all so thrilled and proud that our co-production with Fiery Angel of The Ladykillers has been nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Play.

“At the heart of our vision for these theatres is a burning desire to produce work of such distinction that the Liverpool flag waves far and wide. Our audiences have come to expect the very best from us and these prestigious nominations are a national acknowledgment of the quality of our work.”

Co-produced with Fiery Angel and Stage Entertainment UK, The Ladykillers also received nominations Best Set Design for Michael Taylor’s stunning revolving, two storey set and Best Sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham.

It is the second successive year an Everyman and Playhouse production has been nominated for Olivier Awards following two nominations for Ghost Stories in 2011.

The Olivier nominations highlight the successful 2011 the Everyman and Playhouse enjoyed, following in the footsteps of Gemma Bodinetz’s production of Macbeth, featuring David Morrissey, being nominated for Best Regional Production in the What’s On Stage Awards and the five Offie Awards nominations for Lizzie Nunnery’s The Swallowing Dark.

The winners will be announced at the Olivier Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 April.

In the autumn The Ladykillers will embark on a 26 week tour of the UK and Ireland beginning on 14 September, 2012. The tour will begin on 14 September at Theatre Royal Plymouth and will then tour to Canterbury, Sheffield, Birmingham, Southampton, Cambridge, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Malvern and Bath in 2012, with further dates for 2013 to be announced.

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