Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a New Play
See Olivier Awards for more information about the awards and a full list of categories and winners.
The Laurence Olivier Awards are a series of awards presented annually by The Society of London Theatre. They are presented in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre, most notably plays and musicals in the West End of London, an area commonly referred to as "Theatreland". The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976 and, in 1984 they we renamed in honour of the renowned British actor Lord Olivier. The Olivier Awards are the most prestigious theatrical awards in the United Kingdom and are the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards.
This list comprises the winners and nominees of the now obsolete Actress of the Year in a New Play winners shown in bold.
- 1976 Peggy Ashcroft for Old World
- 1977 Alison Fiske for Dusa, Fish, Stats and Vi
- 1978 Joan Plowright for Filumena
- 1979 Jane Lapotaire for Piaf
- 1980 Frances de la Tour for Duet for One
- 1981 Elizabeth Quinn for Children of a Lesser God
- 1982 Rosemary Leach for 84 Charing Cross Road
- 1983 Judi Dench for Pack of Lies
- 1984 Thuli Dumakudi for Poppie Nongena
- 1988 Pauline Collins for Shirley Valentine