Laurence Olivier Award For Best Director
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Laurence Olivier Award For Best Director
Sir Peter Hall
Award for Best Director
Awarded forBest Director
Location United Kingdom
Presented byThe Society of London Theatre
Currently held byStephen Daldry for The Inheritance (2019)

The Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The award ceremony in which it is presented was established in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, renamed the Laurence Olivier Awards in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier. In 2018, the Best Director award was renamed in honor of acclaimed theatre director Sir Peter Hall, beginning with the 2019 award ceremony.[1]

In 1991, the category was briefly retired and divided into the categories Best Director of a Play and Best Director of a Musical. These two categories were in turn retired in 1995, and the Best Director award was reinstated.

Robert Icke became the Best Director award's youngest ever winner in 2016. Deborah Warner who won in 1988 was previously the youngest winner.

Only three women have ever won the award: Deborah Warner, Marianne Elliott and Lyndsey Turner.

Winners and nominees



Year Director Production
Trevor Nunn and John Caird The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
John Barton The Greeks
Peter Hall Amadeus
John Dexter Life of Galileo
Peter Wood On the Razzle
Donald McWhinnie Translations
Trevor Nunn Cats
Harold Pinter Quartermaine's Terms
Richard Eyre Guys and Dolls
Michael Bogdanov Uncle Vanya
Adrian Noble A Doll's House
James Roose-Evans 84, Charing Cross Road
Terry Hands Cyrano de Bergerac
Bill Bryden A Midsummer Night's Dream
Barry Kyle The Taming of the Shrew
Peter Wood The Rivals
Christopher Morahan Wild Honey
John Barton Life's a Dream
Michael Blakemore Benefactors
Adrian Noble The Comedy of Errors
Bill Bryden The Mysteries
Bill Alexander Richard III
Garry Hines The Playboy of the Western World
Barry Kyle Golden Girls and Love's Labour's Lost
Bill Alexander The Merry Wives of Windsor
Howard Davies Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Declan Donnellan A Midsummer Night's Dream
Peter Wood The American Clock
Declan Donnellan Le Cid, Twelfth Night and Macbeth
Alan Ayckbourn A View from the Bridge
Yukio Ninagawa Macbeth and Medea
Peter Stein The Hairy Ape
Deborah Warner Titus Andronicus
Howard Davies Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Secret Rapture and The Shaughraun
Max Stafford-Clark The Recruiting Officer and Our Country's Good
David Thacker A Touch of the Poet and An Enemy of the People
Michael Bogdanov Wars of the Roses
Richard Eyre Racing Demon and The Voysey Inheritance
Nicholas Hytner Ghetto and Miss Saigon
Trevor Nunn Othello




Multiple awards and nominations

Note: The below awards and nominations include individuals awarded and nominated under the now-defunct categories Director of a Play and Director of a Musical as well as the current combined Best Director category.


Three awards
  • Howard Davies
  • Stephen Daldry
  • Declan Donnellan
  • Richard Eyre
  • Sam Mendes
Two awards
  • Michael Bogdanov
  • Rupert Goold
  • Terry Hands
  • Nicholas Hytner
  • Trevor Nunn
  • Deborah Warner


Ten nominations
  • Richard Eyre
Nine nominations
  • Sam Mendes
  • Trevor Nunn
Six nominations
  • Howard Davies
  • Nicholas Hytner
Five nominations
  • Declan Donnellan
  • Marianne Elliott
  • Michael Grandage
  • Adrian Noble
Four nominations
  • Michael Blakemore
  • Stephen Daldry
  • Rupert Goold
  • Matthew Warchus
Three nominations
  • Michael Bogdanov
  • Bill Bryden
  • Dominic Cooke
  • Terry Hands
  • Simon McBurney
  • Ian Rickson
  • Peter Wood
Two nominations
  • Bill Alexander
  • Alan Ayckbourn
  • John Barton
  • Matthew Bourne
  • John Caird
  • Jeremy Herrin
  • Ian Judge
  • Barry Kyle
  • Phyllida Lloyd
  • Sean Mathias
  • Des McAnuff
  • Christopher Morahan
  • Rufus Norris
  • Steven Pimlott
  • Harold Prince
  • Susan Stroman
  • David Thacker
  • Deborah Warner

See also


  1. ^ "Olivier Awards rename director award following Sir Peter Hall In Memoriam error". Xposé. Virgin Media Television, Dublin. Press Association. April 10, 2018. Retrieved 2019.

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