Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Actor of the Year in a Revival
Awarded forActor of the Year in a Revival
Presented byThe Society of London Theatre

The Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival 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 New Play 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
Alan Howard Henry IV, Part 1 and 2 and Henry V Prince Hal / Henry V of England
Tom Conti Don Juan and The Devil's Disciple Don Juan / Dick Dudgeon
Albert Finney Hamlet and Tamburlaine the Great Prince Hamlet / Tamburlaine
Emrys James Henry IV, Part 1 and 2 and Henry V Henry IV of England / Chorus
Ian McKellen Pillars of the Community Karsten Bernick
Alan Howard Wild Oats Rover
Derek Jacobi Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Donald Sinden King Lear King Lear
Alan Howard Coriolanus Gaius Marcius Coriolanus
Derek Jacobi Ivanov Nikolai Ivanov
Timothy West The Homecoming Max
Nicol Williamson Inadmissible Evidence Bill Maitland
Warren Mitchell Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Michael Bryant Strife David Roberts
Jonathan Pryce The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio
Patrick Stewart The Merchant of Venice Shylock


Year Actor Play Character
Jonathan Pryce Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Michael Gambon The Life of Galileo Galileo
Alec McCowen The Browning Version and Harlequinade Andrew Crocker-Harris / Arthur Gosport
Bob Peck Othello Iago
Daniel Massey Man and Superman Jack Tanner
Warren Mitchell The Caretaker Davies
David Suchet The Merchant of Venice Shylock
John Wood The Provoked Wife Brute
Stephen Moore A Doll's House Torvold Helmer
Joss Ackland Henry IV, Part 1 and 2 Falstaff
Trevor Peacock Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson
Donald Sinden Uncle Vanya Vanya
Derek Jacobi Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
Alan Bates A Patriot for Me Alfred Redl
Rex Harrison Heartbreak House Shotover
Bob Peck King Lear Lear
Ian McKellen Wild Honey Platonov
Miles Anderson Life Is a Dream Sigismund
Emrys James A New Way to Pay Old Debts Sir Giles
Peter McEnery The Devils De Laubardemont
Brian Cox Titus Andronicus Titus Andronicus
Alun Armstrong The Jew of Malta and The Father Barabas / The Captain
Antony Sher The Merchant of Venice and Hello and Goodbye Shylock / Johnnie
Tom Wilkinson An Enemy of the People Dr. Stockmann


  • 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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