Two of this blog’s recommendations to you, The Phlebotomist and Gently Down The Stream, are Olivier Award-nominated

The Phlebotomist

I was thrilled to see that amongst the nominations for the Olivier Awards recently announced, in the category Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (in plain terms, off-West End) two of this blog’s recommendations, THE PHLEBOTOMIST , (the debut play by Ella Road), and GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM ( nominated for the accomplished performance of Jonathan Hyde) were both in the final shortlist of five .

Gently Down The Stream

I wish both productions every success with their nominations, it’s a pity that both
cannot win. Actually, had this blog been running a few months earlier, I would definitely have recommended a third nominated piece, EVERY DAY I MAKE GREATNESS HAPPEN, for the hyper-intense performance of Moe Bar-El as a super-slippery teenager.

Both plays are worth seeing, if you can. GENTLY runs at The Park Theatre London until March 16th, and THE PHLEBOTOMIST begins a return season at Hampstead Theatre from March 19- April 20

Read my review of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM here

Find a limited-time ticket offer for THE PHLEBOTOMIST here


On the subject of awards, just also to mention that THE PHLEBOTOMIST was recently shortlisted as one of the final six plays up for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Pretty amazing for a debut play!


The Olivier Awards will be presented on Sunday April 7th at the Royal Albert Hall. Details here

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