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March 21, 2022

Pioneering Women at the Olivier Awards


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Concord Theatricals’ catalogue features some of the finest female voices of the 20th and 21st centuries. From the very beginning, women have made their mark on the theatre, inspiring subsequent generations of women to join the industry. Below, explore the amazing creatives in the Concord catalogue who earned accolades at the Olivier Awards.

BEST NEW PLAY

  • 1977 Nominee: Pam Gems for Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi (UK)

  • 1987 Winner: Caryl Churchill for Serious Money (US/UK)

  • 1988 Winner: Timberlake Wertenbaker for Our Country’s Good (UK)

  • 1992 Nominee: Timberlake Wertenbaker for Three Birds Alighting on a Field (UK)

  • 1999 Nominee: Yasmina Reza for The Unexpected Man (UK)

  • 2001 Nominee: Yasmina Reza for Life X 3 (UK)

  • 2002 Nominee: Charlotte Jones for Humble Boy (US/UK)

  • 2009 Nominee: Polly Stenham for That Face (US/UK)

  • 2010 Nominee: Lucy Prebble for Enron (UK)

  • 2012 Nominee: April De Angelis for Jumpy (UK)

  • 2015 Nominee: Jennifer Haley for The Nether (US/UK)

  • 2016 Nominee: Claire van Kampen for Farinelli and the King (US/UK)

  • 2017 Nominee: Annie Baker for The Flick (US/UK)

BEST NEW COMEDY

  • 1977 Nominee: Mary O’Malley for Once a Catholic (US/UK)

  • 1982 Nominee: Claire Luckham for Trafford Tanzi (US/UK)

  • 1983 Winner: Denise Deegan for Daisy Pulls It Off (US/UK)

  • 2000 Winner: Shelagh Stephenson for The Memory of Water (UK)

  • 2003 Nominee: Moira Buffini for Dinner (UK)

  • 2019 Winner: Laura Wade for Home, I’m Darling (UK)

BEST FAMILY SHOW

  • 2004 Winner: Geraldine Aron for My Brilliant Divorce (UK)

  • 2020 Winner: Emma Reeves and Jill Murphy for The Worst Witch (US/UK)

BEST NEW MUSICAL (Formerly known as MUSICAL OF THE YEAR)

  • 1976 Nominee: Very Good Eddie, Additional Lyrics by Elsie Janis (US/UK)

  • 1980 Nominee: They’re Playing Our Song, Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager (US/UK)

  • 1981 Nominee: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall (US/UK)

  • 1984 Nominee: Pump Boys And Dinettes, Debra Monk (co-writer) (US/UK)

  • 1986 Nominee: Wonderful Town, Lyrics by Betty Comden (co-writer) (US)

  • 1999 Nominee: Whistle Down the Wind, Book by Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards (US)

  • 2006 Nominee: The Woman in White, Book by Charlotte Jones (US)

  • 2007 Nominee: Porgy and Bess®, Book by Dorothy Heyward (co-writer) (US/UK)

  • 2016 Winner: In the Heights, Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes (US/UK)

  • 2019 Nominee: Fun Home, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron (US/UK)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OR NEW ORCHESTRATIONS

  • 2019 Nominee: Fun Home, Music by Jeanine Tesori (US/UK)

For more great plays and musicals written by women, visit Concord Theatricals in the US or UK.