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Olivier Award nominations for Trinity Laban staff

Tue 6 March 2018

Two Trinity Laban members of staff have received nominations at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Professor of Choreography Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes has been nominated for ‘Best new dance production’, while actor and choreographer Jason Pennycooke – a guest teacher in Musical Theatre – has been nominated for ‘Best actor in a supporting role in a musical’ for his part in this year’s smash hit, Hamilton.

Tree of Codes was performed by the Paris Opera Ballet at Sadler’s Wells following critical acclaim during a 2015 run in Manchester. In an early review The Stage concluded that dancers “seduce the audience into entering a spellbinding sensual space where a combination of body imagery, sound, light, colour and theatrical illusion” and “go beyond modern and classical ballet and into what feels at times like a new fourth dance dimension.”

This is the second ‘Best supporting actor’ Olivier nomination for Pennycooke, who was previously recognised for his performance as Bobby in 2014’s West of Memphis. In Hamilton, which opened in December 2017, he plays the dual roles of Maquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.

An important aspect of training at Trinity Laban is that students regularly get to work with and learn from leading figures in the world of musical theatre, dance and music. For more information see our Study pages.