The 2021 fosterIAN nominations

Behold the 2021 fosterIAN award nominations, recognising the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. Obviously last year was a bust but I feel like I saw enough online and onstage new content to revive this celebration of theatrical performance.

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 however many shows it was that I saw. Results to come in the next couple of days.

Best Actress in a Play
Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Lava
Jessie Buckley, Romeo and Juliet
Julie Hesmondhalgh, Still Life
Cush Jumbo, Hamlet
Sophie Melville, Mum
Lesley Sharp, Paradise

Best Actor in a Play
Ben Daniels, The Normal Heart
Omari Douglas/Russell Tovey, Constellations
Charles Edwards, Best of Enemies
Dickon Farmar, Gay Generations
Josh O’Connor, Romeo and Juliet
Jack Sunderland, DJ Bazzer’s Year 6 Disco

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Liz Carr, The Normal Heart
Ayesha Dharker, The Book of Dust
Deborah Findlay, Romeo and Juliet
Anastasia Hille, Paradise
Norah Lopez Holden, Hamlet
Gloria Obianyo, Paradise

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Pip Carter, The Book of Dust
Dino Fetscher, The Normal Heart
Syrus Lowe, Best of Enemies
Daniel Monks, The Normal Heart
Lucian Msamati, Romeo and Juliet
Luke Norris, The Normal Heart

Best Actress in a Musical
Samantha Barks/Stephanie McKeon, Frozen
Jessie Buckley, Cabaret
Carly Mercedes Dyer, A Chorus Line
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Linzi Hateley, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Alex Young, She Loves Me

Best Actor in a Musical
Declan Bennett, Carousel
Adam Cooper, Singin’ in the Rain
Scott Mackie, The Off Key
Eddie Redmayne, Cabaret
Noel Sullivan, The Rhythmics
David Thaxton, She Loves Me

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Emily Barnett-Salter, A Chorus Line
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Anything Goes
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Cinderella
Kaisa Hammarlund, She Loves Me
Joanna Riding, Carousel
Rebecca Trehearn, Cinderella

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Stewart Clarke, Be More Chill
Andy Coxon, She Loves Me
Ainsley Hall Ricketts, A Chorus Line
Elliot Levey, Cabaret
Robert Lindsay, Anything Goes
Obioma Ugoala, Frozen

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