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Young Frankenstein nominated for Olivier Award

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein has been nominated in the category of Best New Musical in the 2018 Olivier Awards. The West End musical comedy, which features Winterson’s actress Summer Strallen in the role of Inga, has already received rave reviews across the national and trade press.

Following the opening and press nights of the hotly anticipated West End show, it became clear instantly that Young Frankenstein was set to be a hit. Mark Shenton wrote in The Stage, “Success for this one is surely and deservedly guaranteed” while the Guardian singled out Strallen’s performance as being one of the most powerful pieces of the show: “Summer Strallen lights up the stage as the incandescent Inga”.

An Olivier Award nomination adds critical acclaim to that initial reaction, and we’d like to extend our congratulations to Summer and the entire Young Frankenstein team for a modern production that has clearly captured the West End imagination.

Young Frankenstein faces tough competition in the Best New Musical category from An American In Paris, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and Girl From The North Country. The 2018 ceremony will also be notable for the success of Hamilton, which has already made the history books with 13 nominations in the programme, beating the previous highs of eleven held by both Hairspray and The Cursed Child, the latter of which featured fellow Winterson’s actress Chipo Kureya.

The ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8th April and you can read the full list of nominees in all categories here.