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Well this is all very pleasing 🙂

Tom Hollander is in the running for an Olivier Award for Best Actor, for his role as Henry Carr in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, and the Team Hollander gang have their fingers crossed for him and the rest of the Travesties cast and creatives.

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Not only Tom, but the play itself has a nomination for Best revival, and there are five Olivier Award nominations in total for the production at the Apollo Theatre in London.

  1. Best revival – Travesties at the Apollo
  2. Best sound design – Adam Cork for Travesties
  3. Best actor in a supporting role – Freddie Fox (as Tristan Tzara) in Travesties
  4. Best actress in a supporting role – Clare Foster (as Cecily Carruthers) in Travesties
  5. Best actor – Tom Hollander in Travesties

The full list of Olivier Award nominees is here. Congratulations and good luck everyone! Here’s a short video interview with Tom on how he feels about being nominated for the award.

News in brief

  • Taboo – a second series has been confirmed. [SPOILERS] One or two people have wondered if Tom’s character will survive his season-finale injuries and the sea voyage – fingers crossed for that too.
  • The Night Manager – there may be more from the people behind this but information is inconclusive. [SPOILERS] – as ‘Corky’ was killed off during the series we can only hope that there might be a twin brother* or an ‘it was all a dream’ sequence plot twist to bring him back. There’s also the possibility of a television series based on the film Hanna in development (but no information about whether Tom’s role as Isaacs might be involved).
  • Save the dateHarry And Paul Present: The Gentlemen’s Club to be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 14 March at 10.30pm. This new comedy will feature Tom as a character in the fictional ‘Wibbles’ (London’s oldest gentleman’s club) from Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse [more info from BBC’s press page]

  • Revolution – there are a few more opportunites to see this documentary film about Soviet art, including Qs and As with the director Margy Kinmonth. Tom is one of several actors narrating and he reads the words of artist Kazimir Malevich
    • 17 March – UCL, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [info and tickets]
    • 27 March – Curzon Bloomsbury [info and tickets]

  • The Promise – Tom plays Garin in this film, which is set in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. It’s due to open in the US on 21 April 2017 and is directed by Terry George. Tom and Terry have previously worked together on Some Mother’s Son and Whole Lotta Sole (aka Stand Off). There’s also a screening at the Sonoma 
    International Film Festival on 29 March [More info about The Promise from Wikipedia]

  • Tulip Fever – the film “is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach, and adapted by Tom Stoppard” and stars Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Tom plays Dr Sorgh and the film is due for release in August 2017 [more information]. Deborah Moggach also wrote the screenplay for Pride and Prejudice in which Tom starred as Mr Collins.

  • Breathe – “Meanwhile, I’ve finished Breathe, a film directed by Andy Serkis in which I play twin brothers, which was interesting because I had to talk to the memory of myself.” [Interview with Tom Hollander in The Guardian, 12 Feb 2017] – *See? Twin. Brothers! Also Andy Serkis’ son Louis plays the apprentice to Tom’s character Cholmondeley in Taboo.
  • A Poet in New York – the DVD of this, with Tom portraying Dylan Thomas in his final days, was released in February and is available to buy from Amazon [more info]

This brief news was actually longer than the original blog post so I may have to expand these into separate blog posts of their own 😉