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 Actor in a Play
Henry Goodman, Duet For One
Hans Kesting , The Roman Tragedies
Jude Law, Hamlet
Dominic Rowan, The SpanishTragedy
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 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

2 Replies to “The inaugural fosterIAN award nominations”

  1. Arcadia was excellent but not play of the year material in my opinion. A very risk averse production, squarely aimed at the Leicester Square half price tickets with its primetime bbc sitcom casting. Swap that around with Enron and I could just about let it slip.

  2. Enron was good for sure, but for me lacked the dramatic intensity of Arcadia: the presentation of Enron was ingenious but the familiarity with the story meant that in the end I preferred the mysteries surrounding Sidley Park.
    And it ended with couples waltzing round the floor, that trumps dinosaur puppets anyday!

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