The inaugural fosterIAN award nominations

fosterIAN (fos-tîr'ē-ən) - an award given for excellence in the theatre that I have witnessed.

For a long time, one of my life's ambitions has been to get the word 'fosterian' into the lexicon. I always thought it would be an adjective, like Thatcherite or Marxist, but I've now come to realise it is actually a noun, and hence we have the first fosterIAN awards. (Basically, if it's good enough for Lord Olivier, I can have my own awards too!) Nominations can be found below, and results will be announced early in the New Year.

Best Play
Arcadia, Duke of York’s
Cock, Royal Court
Our Class, National Theatre
The Roman Tragedies, Barbican
A Streetcar Named Desire, Donmar Warehouse
When the Rain Stops Falling, Almeida

Best Fringe* Play

Edmond, Wilton’s Music Hall
Frank's Closet, Hoxton Hall
The Last Five Years, Duchess
The Pietà, St John’s Piccadilly
Public Property, Trafalgar Studios
The Spanish Tragedy, Arcola

Best Actor in a Play
Henry Goodman, Duet For One
Hans Kesting , The Roman Tragedies
Jude Law, Hamlet
Dominic Rowan, The Spanish Tragedy
Dan Stevens, Arcadia
David Troughton, Inherit the Wind

Best Actress in a Play
Anna Chancellor, The Observer
Phoebe Nicholls/Lisa Dillon, When The Rain Stops Falling
Chris Nietvelt, The Roman Tragedies
Imelda Staunton, Entertaining Mr Sloane
Juliet Stevenson, Duet For One
Rachel Weisz, A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Mark Dexter, Inherit the Wind
Tom Goodman-Hill, Enron
Ethan Hawke, The Winter's Tale
Barnaby Kay, A Streetcar Named Desire
Simon Paisley-Day, Entertaining Mr Sloane
Andrew Scott, Cock

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Jessie Cave, Arcadia
Michelle Dockery, Burnt By The Sun
Kate Fleetwood, Life is a Dream
Alexandra Gilbreath, Twelfth Night
Rebecca Hall, The Winter's Tale
Ruth Wilson, A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Musical
La Cage aux Folles
Hello, Dolly!
The Last Five Years
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Sister Act
Sweet Charity

Best Actor in a Musical
Roger Allam, La Cage aux Folles
Aneurin Barnard, Spring Awakening
Simon Burke, La Cage aux Folles
Carl Mullaney, Frank's Closet
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Mark Umbers, Sweet Charity

Best Actress in a Musical
Julie Atherton, The Last Five Years
Melanie Chisholm, Blood Brothers
Donna King, Frank's Closet
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Tamzin Outhwaite, Sweet Charity
Samantha Spiro, Hello, Dolly!

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Rowan Atkinson, Oliver!
Clive Carter, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Daniel Crossley, Hello, Dolly!
John Marquez, Annie Get Your Gun
Jason Pennycooke, La Cage aux Folles
Oliver Thornton, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Josefina Gabrielle, Hello, Dolly!
Josefina Gabrielle, Sweet Charity
Tiffany Graves, Sweet Charity
Sheila Hancock, Sister Act
The Lovely Debbie McGee, Frank's Closet
Jodie Prenger, Oliver!

Special categories

Best success in the face of adversity
Helen Dallimore, Too Close To The Sun
The cast of Madame de Sade
Miranda Richardson, Grasses of a Thousand Colours

Closest move to damehood
Celia Imrie
Fiona Shaw
Imelda Staunton
Juliet Stevenson

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