The 2018 fosterIAN nominations

As I live and breathe, we made it! Behold the 2018 fosterIAN award nominations, recognising the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are – my favourites out of the 300 or so shows that I saw. Results to come in the next couple of days.

Best Actress in a Play
Patsy Ferran, Summer and Smoke
Sarah Gordy, Jellyfish
Leah Harvey, Clare Perkins & Vinette Robinson, Emilia
Marieke Heebink, Oedipus
Elinor Lawless, To Have To Shoot Irishmen
Carey Mulligan, Girls and Boys
Sarah Niles, Leave Taking

Best Actor in a Play
Ben Batt, The York Realist
Ian Bonar, Jellyfish
Paapa Essiedu, The Convert
Richard Harrington, Home I’m Darling
Kyle Soller, The Inheritance
Shubham Saraf, An Adventure
Hans Kesting, Oedipus Continue reading “The 2018 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2017 fosterIAN nominations


Behold the 2017 fosterIAN award nominations, recognising the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are – my favourites. 

Best Actress in a Play
Victoria Hamilton, Albion
Shirley Henderson, Girl From the North Country
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Justine Mitchell, Beginning
Hattie Morahan/Kate O’Flynn/Adelle Leonce, Anatomy of a Suicide
Mimi Ndiweni, The Convert
Connie Walker, Trestle

Best Actor in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Gary Lilburn, Trestle
Ian McKellen, King Lear
Cyril Nri, Barber Shop Chronicles
Ken Nwosu, An Octoroon
Andrew Scott, Hamlet
Sam Troughton, Beginning Continue reading “The 2017 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2016 fosterIAN nominations


The end of year round-up continues with the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are – my favourites. So please find below the 2016 fosterIAN award nominations, categories expanded to 7 nominees (and sometimes more!) because I am that indecisive, winners to be announced in the coming days. 

Best Actress in a Play
Uzo Aduba/Zawe Ashton, The Maids
Gemma Arterton, Nell Gwynn
Linda Bassett, Escaped Alone
Helen McCrory, The Deep Blue Sea
Maxine Peake, A Streetcar Named Desire
Juliet Stevenson/Lia Williams, Mary Stuart
Harriet Walter, The Tempest

Best Actor in a Play
Phil Dunster, Pink Mist
Paapa Essiedu, Hamlet
O-T Fagbenle, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Rhys Isaac-Jones, Jess and Joe Forever
Lucian Msamati, Amadeus
Lucian Msamati, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Danny Sapani, Les Blancs Continue reading “The 2016 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2015 fosterIAN nominations


The end of year round-up continues with the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are. So please find below the 2015 fosterIAN award nominations, winners to be announced in the coming days. 

Best Actress in a Play
Thusitha Jayasundera, My Eyes Went Dark
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, hang
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nell Gwynn
Lara Rossi, Octagon
Lia Williams, Oresteia
Letitia Wright, Eclipsed

Best Actor in a Play
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Everyman
John Heffernan, Oppenheimer
David Morrissey, Hangmen
Jamie Samuels, Plastic Figurines
Eelco Smits, Glazen Speelgoed
Angus Wright, Oresteia Continue reading “The 2015 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2014 fosterIAN nominations


Hurrah, I made it to the end of the year. And despite repeated protestations that I’m cutting down on how much I’m seeing, this year saw me break all records in seeing 383 shows (technically it will be 388 but I’m not counting my Broadway trip in these figures). It’s been hard-going at times, and hugely delightful at times, but I’m glad to have done it and thank you all for coming along with me.

As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are, the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. So please find below the 2014 fosterIAN award nominations.

Best Actress in a Play
Gillian Anderson, A Streetcar Named Desire
Linda Bassett, Visitors
Susannah Fielding, The Merchant of Venice (Almeida)
Denise Gough, Adler and Gibb
Halina Reijn + Chris Nietvelt, Maria Stuart (Toneelgroep Amsterdam)
Imelda Staunton, Good People

Best Actor in a Play
Jonathan Broadbent, My Night With Reg
Chris Connel, Wet House
Cary Crankson, The Saints
Jack Holden, Johnny Get Your Gun
Harry Melling, peddling
Mark Strong, A View From The Bridge Continue reading “The 2014 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2013 fosterIAN nominations


Sifting through 300+ productions has proved harder work than I thought, though a much welcomed reminder of just how much I managed to see this year. Though I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should probably best be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are, the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. So please find below the 2013 fosterIAN award nominations

Best Actress in a Play
Lucy Ellinson, Grounded
Stella Gonet/Fenella Woolgar, Handbagged
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, The Amen Corner
Lesley Manville, Ghosts (Almeida)
Shuna Snow, Iron
Michelle Terry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe)

Best Actor in a Play
Brian Cox, The Weir
Philip Duguid-McQuillan, Jumpers for Goalposts
Hugo Koolschijn, Scenes from a Marriage (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) 
Jamie Samuel, Jumpers for Goalposts
Al Weaver, The Pride
Benedict Wong, Chimerica  Continue reading “The 2013 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2012 fosterIAN nominations


I did it, I saw nearly 60 less plays than last year! Granted it only took me down from about 330 to about 270, but it is still progress. So here’s an attempt to try and determine whose performances I enjoyed the most across the year – and those which have stuck in my mind – with the 2012 fosterIAN (fos-tîr’ē-ən) award nominations for acting this year.

(NB Eligibility is quite simple: if I saw this play/production for the first time this year, it went in the hat. So since I saw Sweeney Todd in 2011, it fell into last’s year cohort.)

Best Actor in a Play
Billy Carter, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
David  Suchet, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Rafe Spall, Constellations
Hugh Ross, A Life
Luke Treadaway, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Dominic Rowan, A Doll’s House

Best Actress in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Helen McCrory, The Last of the Haussmans
Cate Blanchett, Big and Small
Hattie Morahan, A Doll’s House
Sally Hawkins, Constellations
Kate O’Flynn, Lungs
Continue reading “The 2012 fosterIAN nominations”

The 2011 fosterIAN award nominations


So here it is, as best a summation of what I liked most about the year’s theatregoing as I can manage. I racked up 332 plays in the end this year (a further analysis will come in a later post) so it has taken quite some considerable time to narrow these down (especially the supporting actress categories which should surprise no-one who knows me) and considering which were the performances that stood out for me this year led to some surprises. Thus here we go, the 2011 fosterIAN (fos-tîr’ē-ən) award nominations for acting this year.
(NB Eligibility is quite simple: if I saw this play/production for the first time this year, it went in the hat. I saw Propeller’s Richard III last November so that fell into last’s year cohort.)

Best Actor in a Play
Benedict Cumberbatch, Frankenstein
Charles Edwards, Much Ado About Nothing (Globe)
Trevor Fox, The Pitmen Painters
Jude Law, Anna Christie
Andrew Scott, Emperor and Galilean
Dominic West, Othello

Best Actress in a Play
Eve Best, Much Ado About Nothing (Globe)
Siân Brooke, Ecstasy
Geraldine James, Seagull
Lisa Palfrey, The Kitchen Sink
Ruth Wilson, Anna Christie
Rosie Wyatt, Bunny Continue reading “The 2011 fosterIAN award nominations”

The 2010 fosterIAN award nominations


For all the talk of people setting up blogs just to get free tickets that provoked my ire earlier this year, the simple truth of why I started my blog is much more self-obsessed…it was to get this word into the lexicon: fosterIAN (fos-tîr’ē-ən), my very own award for theatrical excellence! Last years’ winners and nominations can be read by clicking on the links, but I present to you, after much deliberation and several sleepless nights, the nominations for the 2010 fosterIAN awards, based on my trips to the theatre this year which total up to 271 in the final analysis. (Results to come in the New Year)

Best Actor in a Play
Roger Allam, Henry IV Part I & Part II
Jacob Casselden, Tribes
Benedict Cumberbatch, After the Dance
John Heffernan, Love Love Love
Andrew Scott, Design for Living
David Suchet, All My Sons

Best Actress in a Play
Nancy Carroll, After the Dance
Helen McCrory, The Late Middle Classes
Miranda Raison, Anne Boleyn
Michelle Terry, Tribes
Sophie Thompson, Clybourne Park
Zoë Wanamaker, All My Sons Continue reading “The 2010 fosterIAN award nominations”

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 Continue reading “The inaugural fosterIAN award nominations”