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 of the now obsolete Actress of the Year in a New Play category shown in bold. Where possible other nominees will be shown in italics.
- 1988 – Pauline Collins for Shirley Valentine
- 1984 – Thuli Dumakude for Poppie Nongena
- 1983 – Judi Dench for Pack of Lies
- 1982 – Rosemary Leach for 84 Charing Cross Road
- 1981 – Elizabeth Quinn for Children of a Lesser God
- 1980 – Frances de la Tour for Duet for One
- 1979 – Jane Lapotaire for Piaf
- 1978 – Joan Plowright for Filumena
- 1977 – Alison Fiske for Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi
- 1976 – Peggy Ashcroft for Old World