Olivier nominations for two Royal & Derngate Made in Northampton productions


We are thrilled that two of our Made in Northampton productions which transferred to London last year have been nominated for the 2020 Olivier Awards.

Our much-loved 2018 Christmas show The Worst Witch, which enjoyed a six week summer season at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, has been nominated for Best Family Show.

In addition, the production of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, which had its acclaimed UK debut in Northampton as part of our Made in Northampton season in January and February 2018, has been nominated in the category for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for its transfer to the Theatre Royal Stratford East last Autumn. The production was directed by Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director James Dacre.

James Dacre said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that two of our productions, which started life here in Northampton, have been honoured by nominations in this year’s Olivier Awards. I’d like to thank everyone involved – our staff, co-producing partners and the fantastic companies – who made these productions such a success.”

Royal & Derngate Chief Executive Jo Gordon added: “We are absolutely thrilled for the teams here at Royal & Derngate. It’s brilliant recognition for all the passion and craft they put into each and every production created under our Made in Northampton banner.”

The nominations for the 2020 Olivier Awards were announced today (3 March) live on Facebook by performers Alexia McIntosh and Gavin Creel, and the awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 April. The Laurence Olivier Awards, known more simply as the Olivier Awards, are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognise excellence in professional theatre in London.

Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton season is sponsored by Michael Jones Jeweller.