Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best New Comedy
Awarded for Best New Comedy
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (2014)
Official website Olivier Awards.com

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy 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.

The award was originally title Comedy of the Year until 1991, when it was renamed to Best Comedy. The award was later renamed again to the current title Best New Comedy in 1999.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Play Writer
1976
Donkeys' Years Michael Frayn
The Bed Before Yesterday Ben Travers
Confusions Alan Ayckbourn
Funny Peculiar Mike Stott
1977
Privates on Parade Peter Nichols
Bedroom Farce Alan Ayckbourn
Once a Catholic Mary O'Malley
The Kingfisher William Douglas-Home
1978
Filumena Eduardo De Filippo, Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Shut Your Eyes and Think of England John Chapman and Anthony Marriott
Ten Times Table Alan Ayckbourn
1979
Middle-Age Spread Roger Hall
Clouds Michael Frayn
Outside Edge Richard Harris

1980s[edit]

Year Play Writer
1980
Educating Rita Willy Russell
Born in the Gardens Peter Nichols
Make and Break Michael Frayn
Sisterly Feelings Alan Ayckbourn
1981
Steaming Nell Dunn
Anyone for Denis? John Wells
Can't Pay? Won't Pay! Dario Fo
On the Razzle Tom Stoppard
1982
Noises Off Michael Frayn
Key for Two John Chapman and Dave Freeman
Season's Greetings Alan Ayckbourn
Trafford Tanzi Claire Luckham
1983
Daisy Pulls It Off Denise Deegan
Beethoven's Tenth Peter Ustinov
Run for Your Wife Ray Cooney
Woza Albert! Barney Simon, Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema
1984
Up 'n' Under John Godber
Gymslip Vicar Cliff Hanger
Intimate Exchanges Alan Ayckbourn
Two into One Ray Cooney
1985
A Chorus of Disapproval Alan Ayckbourn
Bouncers John Godber
Love's Labours Lost William Shakespeare
Pravda Howard Brenton and David Hare
1986
When We Are Married J.B. Priestley
Lend Me a Tenor Ken Ludwig
The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
1987
Three Men on a Horse John Cecil Holm and George Abbott
Groucho: A Life in Revue Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare
1988
Shirley Valentine Willy Russell
Henceforward... Alan Ayckbourn
Separation Tom Kempinski
The Common Pursuit Simon Gray
1989/90
Single Spies Alan Bennett
Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell Keith Waterhouse
Some Americans Abroad Richard Nelson
Steel Magnolias Robert Harling

1990s[edit]

Year Play Writer
1991
Out of Order Ray Cooney
Gasping Ben Elton
1992
La Bête David Hirson
An Evening with Gary Lineker Arthur Smith and Chris England
It's Ralph Hugh Whitemore
1993
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Jim Cartwright
Lost in Yonkers Neil Simon
On the Piste John Godber
1994
Hysteria Terry Johnson
April in Paris John Godber
The Life of Stuff Simon Donald
Time of My Life Alan Ayckbourn
1995
My Night with Reg Kevin Elyot
Beautiful Thing Jonathan Harvey
Dead Funny Terry Johnson
Neville's Island Tim Firth
1996
Mojo Jez Butterworth
Communicating Doors Alan Ayckbourn
Funny Money Ray Cooney
1997
'Art' Yasmina Reza
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Laughter on the 23rd Floor Neil Simon
1998
Popcorn Ben Elton
East is East Ayub Khan-Din
A Skull in Connemara Martin McDonagh
1999
Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick Terry Johnson
Alarms and Excursions Michael Frayn
Love Upon the Throne Patrick Barlow, Martin Duncan and John Ramm
Things We Do for Love Alan Ayckbourn

2000s[edit]

Year Play Writer
2000
The Memory of Water Shelagh Stephenson
Comic Potential Alan Ayckbourn
Quartet Ronald Harwood
2001
Stones in His Pockets Marie Jones
Cooking with Elvis Lee Hall
House/Garden Alan Ayckbourn
Peggy for You Alan Plater
2002
The Play What I Wrote Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben
Boston Marriage David Mamet
Caught in the Net Ray Cooney
Feelgood Alistair Beaton
2003
The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh
RolePlay Alan Ayckbourn
Dinner Moira Buffini
Lobby Hero Kenneth Lonergan
2006
Heroes Gérald Sibleyras and Tom Stoppard
Glorious! Peter Quilter
Shoot the Crow Owen McCafferty
2007
The 39 Steps Patrick Barlow, Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
Don Juan in Soho Patrick Marber
Love Story John Kolvenbach
2008
Rafta, Rafta... Bill Naughton and Ayub Khan-Din
Absurdia: The Crimson Hotel Michael Frayn
Elling Simon Bent
Whipping It Up Stephen Thompson
2009
God of Carnage Yasmina Reza
Fat Pig Neil LaBute
The Female of the Species Joanna Murray-Smith

2010s[edit]

Year Play Writer
2010
The Priory Michael Wynne
Calendar Girls Tim Firth
England People Very Nice Richard Bean
Parlour Song Jez Butterworth
2014
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense Robert Goodale and David Goodale
The Duck House Dan Patterson and Colin Swash
The Full Monty Simon Beaufoy
The Same Deep Water as Me Nick Payne

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