Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Actor of the Year in a New Play
Awarded forActor of the Year in a New Play
Location United Kingdom
Presented byThe Society of London Theatre
Currently held byDavid Haig for Our Country's Good (1988)

The Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play was 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 1984 the award was combined with the Actor of the Year in a Revival award to create the current Best Actor award. The award was given for the last time in the 1988 ceremony.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Actor Play Character
Paul Copley For King and Country Pte. Hamp
Richard Beckinsale Funny Peculiar Trevor Tinsley
Frank Finlay Watch It Come Down and Weapons of Happiness Ben Prosser / Josef Frank
Alec McCowen The Family Dance Ben Musgrave
Michael Bryant State of Revolution Vladimir Lenin
Colin Blakely Just Between Ourselves Dennis
Alec Guinness The Old Country Hilary
Ralph Richardson The Kingfisher The Author
Tom Conti Whose Life is it Anyway? Ken Harrison
Gordon Chater The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin Robert O'Brien
John Gielgud Half-Life Sir Noel Cunliffe
Peter McEnery The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs Albie Sachs
Ian McKellen Bent Max
Michael Gambon Betrayal Jerry
Dinsdale Landen Bodies Mervyn
John Standing Close of Play Benedict


Year Actor Play Character
Roger Rees The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Nicholas Nickleby
Tom Courtenay The Dresser Norman
David Schofield The Elephant Man John Merrick
Paul Scofield Amadeus Antonio Salieri
Trevor Eve Children of a Lesser God James
Edward Fox Quartermaine's Terms St. John Quartermaine
James Grout Quartermaine's Terms Henry Windscape
Karl Johnson Television Times' Unknown
Ian McDiarmid Insignificance Albert Einstein
Rupert Everett Another Country Guy
Alec McCowen The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. Adolf Hitler
David Swift 84, Charing Cross Road Frank Doel
Jack Shepherd Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma
Michael Gambon Tales from Hollywood Ödön von Horváth
Ben Kingsley Kean Edmund Kean
Michael Williams Pack of Lies Bob Jackson
Brian Cox Rat in the Skull Nelson
Ian Charleson Fool for Love Eddie
John Kani "Master Harold"...and the Boys Willie
Michael Pennington Strider: The Story of a Horse Strider
David Haig Our Country's Good Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark
Brian Cox Fashion Paul Cash
Alec Guinness A Walk in the Woods Andrey Botvinnik
David Suchet Separation Joe Green

See also[edit]


  • London Theatre Guide (2008). "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (.PDF). 1976-2008. The Society of London Theatre: 20. Retrieved 2008-08-30. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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