Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Director
Awarded for Best Director
Location United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica (2014)
Official website Olivier Awards.com

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

In 1991 the category was briefly retired and divided into the categories Best Director of a Play and Best Director of a Musical. These two categories were in turn retired in 1995, and the Best Director award was reinstated.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Director Production
1976
Jonathan Miller Three Sisters
Alan Ayckbourn Confusions, Shakespeare's People and Yahoo
Buzz Goodbody Occupations and King Lear
Terry Hands Old World and Henry IV (parts 1 and 2 and Henry V)
1977
Clifford Williams Wild Oats
Michael Blakemore Privates on Parade
Bernard Miles The Fire that Consumes
Trevor Nunn Macbeth
1978
Terry Hands Henry VI
Bill Bryden and Sebastian Graham-Jones Lark Rise
Christopher Morahan The Philanderer
Harold Prince Evita
1979
Michael Bogdanov The Taming of the Shrew
Michael Elliott The Family Reunion
Trevor Nunn Once in a Lifetime
Michael Rudman Death of a Salesman

1980s[edit]

Year Director Production
1980
Trevor Nunn and John Caird The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
John Barton The Greeks
Peter Hall Amadeus
John Dexter Life of Galileo
1981
Peter Wood On the Razzle
Donald McWhinnie Translations
Trevor Nunn Cats
Harold Pinter Quartermaine's Terms
1982
Richard Eyre Guys and Dolls
Michael Bogdanov Uncle Vanya
Adrian Noble A Doll's House
James Roose-Evans 84, Charing Cross Road
1983
Terry Hands Cyrano de Bergerac
Bill Bryden A Midsummer Night's Dream
Barry Kyle The Taming of the Shrew
Peter Wood The Rivals
1984
Christopher Morahan Wild Honey
John Barton Life's a Dream
Michael Blakemore Benefactors
Adrian Noble The Comedy of Errors
1985
Bill Bryden The Mysteries
Bill Alexander Richard III
Garry Hines The Playboy of the Western World
Barry Kyle Golden Girls and Love's Labour's Lost
1986
Bill Alexander The Merry Wives of Windsor
Howard Davies Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Declan Donnellan A Midsummer Night's Dream
Peter Wood The American Clock
1987
Declan Donnellan Le Cid, Twelfth Night and Macbeth
Alan Ayckbourn A View from the Bridge
Yukio Ninagawa Macbeth and Medea
Peter Stein The Hairy Ape
1988
Deborah Warner Titus Andronicus
Howard Davies Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Secret Rapture and The Shaughraun
Max Stafford-Clark The Recruiting Officer and Our Country's Good
David Thacker A Touch of the Poet and An Enemy of the People
1989/90
Michael Bogdanov Wars of the Roses
Richard Eyre Racing Demon and The Voysey Inheritance
Nicholas Hytner Ghetto and Miss Saigon
Trevor Nunn Othello

1990s[edit]

Year Director Production
1996
Sam Mendes Company and The Glass Menagerie
Richard Eyre Skylight and La Grande Magia
Adrian Noble A Midsummer Night's Dream
Matthew Warchus Volpone and Henry V
1997
Des McAnuff The Who's Tommy
Richard Eyre John Gabriel Borkman
Anthony Page A Doll's House
Matthew Warchus 'Art'
1998
Richard Eyre King Lear
Walter Bobbie Chicago
Sam Mendes Othello
Matthew Warchus Hamlet
1999
Howard Davies The Iceman Cometh
Sam Mendes The Blue Room
Trevor Nunn Oklahoma!
Ian Rickson The Weir

2000s[edit]

Year Director Production
2000
Trevor Nunn Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice and Troilus and Cressida
David Levaux The Real Thing
Jeremy Sams Spend Spend Spend
Julie Taymor The Lion King
2001
Howard Davies All My Sons
Michael Grandage Passion Play
Nicholas Hytner Orpheus Descending
Trevor Nunn The Cherry Orchard
Ian Talbot The Pirates of Penzance
2002
Michael Boyd Henry VI and Richard III
Michael Blakemore Kiss Me, Kate
Howard Davies Private Lives
Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch Shockheaded Peter
Ian Rickson Mouth to Mouth
2003
Sam Mendes Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya
Matthew Bourne Play Without Words
Richard Eyre Vincent in Brixton
Edward Hall Rose Rage
2004
Michael Grandage Caligula
Stafford Arima Ragtime
Gary Griffin Pacific Overtures
Stewart Lee Jerry Springer: The Opera
2005
Nicholas Hytner The History Boys
Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne Mary Poppins
Rufus Norris Festen
Susan Stroman The Producers
2006
Richard Eyre Hedda Gabler
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot the Musical
Michael Grandage Don Carlos
Phyllida Lloyd Mary Stuart
Melly Still Coram Boy
2007
Dominic Cooke The Crucible
Sam Buntrock Sunday in the Park with George
Joe Mantello Wicked
2008
Rupert Goold Macbeth
Rob Ashford Parade
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris War Horse
Jack O'Brien Hairspray
2009
John Tiffany Black Watch
Terry Johnson La Cage aux Folles
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys
Emma Rice Brief Encounter

2010s[edit]

Year Director Production
2010
Rupert Goold ENRON
Michael Grandage Hamlet
Lindsay Posner A View from the Bridge
Ian Rickson Jerusalem
Bijan Sheibani Our Class
2011
Howard Davies The White Guard
Dominic Cooke Clybourne Park
Michael Grandage King Lear
Thea Sharrock After the Dance
2012
Matthew Warchus Matilda the Musical
Sean Foley The Ladykillers
Nicholas Hytner One Man, Two Guvnors
Rufus Norris London Road
2013
Marianne Elliott The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeremy Herrin This House
Simon McBurney The Master and Margarita
Stephen Daldry The Audience
2014
Lyndsey Turner Chimerica
Richard Eyre Ghosts
Maria Friedman Merrily We Roll Along
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys

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