Congratulations, Mr. Armitage!

First time ever in a lead role on a London stage, and Richard Armitage receives an Olivier award nomination for The Crucible. North & South co-star Tim Pigott-Smith is also nominated, as is James McAvoy, an actor whom Armitage said long ago he admired. Yay!

The Crucible is also nominated, for “best revival.”

Yay!

The Crucible,Theatre Photocall, The Old Vic Theatre, London,UK

~ by Servetus on March 9, 2015.

38 Responses to “Congratulations, Mr. Armitage!”

  1. This is beyond cool!!!! I am so ‘proud’ at the moment 🙂

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  2. That’s our guy! Obviously I saw literally none of the nominated performances, but just based on the overwhelming preponderance of critical commentary on his John Proctor, I’d be very surprised if there was another performance last year more deserving of the recognition.

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    • My guess, being only slightly more informed, is that the favorite might be Mark Strong. “A View from the Bridge” was even more lauded than The Crucible, and tickets, while rare, were also more hotly sought right from the beginning of the production. MacAvoy has been nominated twice in the last five years, as well …

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      • i think you’re right, Strong is certainly a favourite 🙂 I was surprised at McAvoy as the run as only recently begun, i need to get my act together and try and get a ticket for that, it’s always been on my to do list. I was surprised he didn’t get it the year he was nominated for Macbeth, i thought he was brilliant in it. I’ve seen Vftb a little while ago and it is very very good, especially for Mark Strong. But it is a hard comparison to make as they are both riveting and engaging characters but Proctor wins in the arc he goes on 🙂 And for me the Crucible is the better of the 2 Miller plays, which makes it even harder to compare.
        They are both so instinctive, so natural on stage… Objectively however i think Proctor is a more challenging performance, it is even more extreme. (But that is just me trying to find arguments to have my way 😉 and it is hard because i really really liked Strong’s Carbone 🙂 )

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  3. Reblogged this on Unkraut vergeht nicht….oder doch? and commented:

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Richard Armitage für die Best Actor Nominierung bei den Olivier Awards!!!
    Und natürlich auch ein Congratulations an das Old Vic und das ganze Crucible-Team für die Nominierung zu Best revival – well done!!!

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  4. Je ne connais pas la valeur de ce prix.
    Mais nous pouvons être fiers de votre travail , reflet de ce que vous êtes et représente pour nous tous, Mr Armitage .
    Cette reconnaissance est celle de professionnels , je suppose . Elle surpasse donc celle acquise depuis longtemps avec nous vos fans . Congratulations pour cette consécration Mr Armitage .
    Vous avez acquis la pierre précieuse , l’ Arkenstone , que vous espériez : the ” RESPECT” , Gardez ce trésor et continuez à nous faire rêver .

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  5. I’m so happy for him. Rooting for a WIN. He really deserves this.

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  6. I’m also so wondering, like Elisa , if this award is something selected by professionals. It’s not garnered by popular vote, is it?
    It’s gets a little confusing when there are multiple award systems handing out kudos.
    It’s very impressive that his return to the stage in a lead role has earned him so much praise.
    Good on ‘Mr Hale’ as well! 😉

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    • yes, the nominees and awardees are chosen by committee members from the Society of London Theatre. They are theatre professionals (not fans).

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  7. I’m thrilled!! I’m a bit confused too about the multiple awards though I understand the Oliver’s is an eminent one 🙂
    Wow the competition is strong: Mark Strong (non pun intented), Tim P-S and James McAvoy…

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  8. Do you remember? In July last year I posted the song “Hall of fame”/The Script on the occasion of the premiere TC and you answered “Von Deinem Mund in G-ttes Ohr!” – Seems that our wish arrived ❤
    Great song – for him! I´m very proud 😉

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  9. Soooo happy for Richard! Though with or without awards he is one and only for me 😉 ❤️

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  10. I am beyond thrilled that his work and art is recognized in this way! That respect he craves as his “Arkenstone” is definitely being noted here! I hope he is able to swallow that he is, indeed, worthy of the nomination, the company of nominees and the win, too!

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  11. To be nominated for the Olivier Award is a great honour. He must be very pleased. Of course we’ll all keep our fingers crossed for him to win but even if he doesn’t this nomination means his performance has been recognized by experts. Well done!!

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    • It’s like a Tony nomination — such a big deal!

      I think he’s a long shot to win, but I thought he was a long shot to be nominated. In any case, great day for Armitage and Armitage fans!

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      • I agree with you 🙂

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      • I’m doing the happy dance as I stand over my stovetop making oatmeal!

        Why do you think it’s a long shot for RA, Serv?

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        • I heard all spring from friends who regularly attend London theater productions what an amazing play “A View from the Bridge” was and how great Strong was in it — fantastic even by the high London standards. MacAvoy has been nominated for this award twice in the last five years and never won. Pigott-Smith is a stalwart of the British stage and has put in his dues. They are all more “insiders” to London theater than Armitage. Again, I don’t have any more insight than anyone else who watches these things from this far away.

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          • Based on this, I understand and agree.

            RA is in good company and I bet in his humble way, he is very, very pleased.

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      • Yay!

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  12. This must be the pinnacle that stage actors seek, just to be nominated is an achievement, congratulations RA

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  13. Honestly, this is the nomination I have been craving for Richard–all the fan-based awards are nice, but this is the sort of nomination that says, “Hey, you’ve arrived” in the eyes of your peers. He can take real pride in that. ❤ Especially after being away from the stage for so long! A true achievement.

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  14. John Light – Henry Lennox in North and South – has also been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Taken At Midnight at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

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  15. What a remarkable achievement by Mr. Armitage. Well deserved based on viewer and critical reviews. What an honour and what a fantastic achievement on his return to the stage…and the first time in such a large role. He must be so proud to have made is Mom so proud. RA worked with McAvoy in Macbeth — they had a really great fight scene in that.

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  16. Wow! Quite the honor. I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for him even he does have some rather tough competition.

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  17. What great news. I am so happy for him. He worked so hard,and gave the audience everything, above and beyond. Even at the SD. I hope he wins, but how wonderful to be acknowledged, no matter what happens.

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