Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Costume Design
Awarded forBest Costume Design
Location United Kingdom
Presented byThe Society of London Theatre
Currently held byCatherine Zuber for The King and I (2019)

Winners and nominees


Year Designer Production
Jasper Conran The Rehearsal
Sue Blane Into the Woods
Tom Cairns Sunday in the Park with George
Mark Thompson The Wind in the Willows
Mark Thompson The Comedy of Errors
Ashley Martin-Davis The Miser
James Merifield The Boys from Syracuse
Philip Prowse A Woman of No Importance
William Dudley Heartbreak House and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Bob Crowley Carousel and Hamlet
Anthony Powell Hay Fever and Trelawny of the 'Wells'
Carl Toms An Ideal Husband
Gerald Scarfe An Absolute Turkey
Sue Blane Antony and Cleopatra
Johan Engels Tamburlaine the Great
Anthony Ward The Winter's Tale
Deirdre Clancy Love's Labour's Lost and A Month in the Country
Stephen Brimson Lewis Design for Living and Les Parents terribles
David Charles and Jane Greenwood She Loves Me
Clare Mitchell Le Cid and Saint Joan
Anthony Ward A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Way of the World
Deirdre Clancy Absolute Hell and Twelfth Night
Nicky Gillibrand A Little Night Music
Richard Hudson Volpone
Tim Goodchild The Relapse
Louise Belson By Jeeves
William Dudley Mary Stuart
David C. Woolard Tommy
Tim Goodchild Three Hours After Marriage
Nicky Gillibrand Lady in the Dark
Ann Hould-Ward Beauty and the Beast
William Ivey Long Chicago
William Dudley Amadeus and The London Cuckolds
Maria Björnson Britannicus and Phèdre
Bunny Christie As You Like It
Robert Jones Henry VIII


Year Designer Production
Julie Taymor The Lion King
Rob Howell Money and Troilus and Cressida
Robert Jones The Winter's Tale
Elise and John Napier Candide
Alison Chitty Remembrance of Things Past
Gregg Barnes Pageant
Bob Crowley Cressida and The Witches of Eastwick
Roger Kirk The King and I
Jenny Beavan Private Lives
Martin Pakledinaz Kiss Me, Kate
Kevin Pollard Shockheaded Peter
Anthony Ward My Fair Lady
Jenny Tiramani Twelfth Night
William Dudley The Coast Of Utopia
Mike Nicholls Taboo
Mark Thompson Bombay Dreams
Christopher Oram Power
Mara Blumenfeld Pacific Overtures
Raimonda Gaetaniat Absolutely! (Perhaps)
Martin Pakledinaz Thoroughly Modern Millie
Deirdre Clancy All's Well That Ends Well
Bob Crowley Mary Poppins
John Gunter and Mark Bouman Hamlet
William Ivey Long The Producers
Es Devlin The Dog in the Manger
Rob Howell Hedda Gabler
Christopher Oram Don Carlos
Anthony Ward Mary Stuart
Alison Chitty The Voysey Inheritance
Tim Hatley Spamalot
Susan Hilferty Wicked
Vicki Mortimer The Man of Mode
Gregg Barnes The Drowsy Chaperone
Rob Howell The Lord of the Rings
William Ivey Long Hairspray
Tom Piper and Emma Williams The Histories
Rob Howell The Norman Conquests
Christopher Oram Twelfth Night
Matthew Wright La Cage aux Folles


Year Designer Production
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Peter McKintosh Hello, Dolly!
Christopher Oram Madame de Sade
Amy Roberts The Misanthrope
Hildegard Bechtler After the Dance
Lez Brotherston Design for Living
Bob Crowley Love Never Dies
Mark Thompson London Assurance
Peter McKintosh Crazy for You
Tim Hatley Shrek
Rob Howell Matilda
Catherine Zuber South Pacific
Jon Morrell Top Hat
Bob Crowley The Audience
Jenny Tiramani Twelfth Night
Anthony Ward Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Mark Thompson Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nicky Gillibrand The Wind in the Willows
Soutra Gilmour Merrily We Roll Along
Rae Smith The Light Princess
Christopher Oram Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Robert Jones City of Angels
Paul Tazewell Memphis
Alejo Vietti Beautiful
Gregg Barnes Kinky Boots
Hugh Durrant Nell Gwynn
Jonathan Fensom Farinelli and the King
Katrina Lindsay Bend It Like Beckham
Katrina Lindsay Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Gregg Barnes Dreamgirls
Hugh Durrant Cinderella
Rob Howell Groundhog Day
Vicki Mortimer 'Follies
Hugh Durrant Dick Whittington
Roger Kirk 42nd Street
Paul Tazewell Hamilton
Catherine Zuber The King and I
Fly Davis Caroline, or Change
Anna Fleischle Home, I'm Darling
Gabriella Slade Six

Multiple awards and nominations for Best Costume Design


Two awards
  • Alison Chitty
  • Deirdre Clancy
  • William Dudley
  • Tim Goodchild
  • Christopher Oram
  • Mark Thompson
  • Vicki Mortimer


Six nominations
  • Rob Howell
Five nominations
  • Bob Crowley
  • Christopher Oram
  • Mark Thompson
  • Anthony Ward
Four nominations
  • Gregg Barnes
  • William Dudley
Three nominations
  • Deirdre Clancy
  • Hugh Durrant
  • Nicky Gillibrand
  • Robert Jones
  • William Ivey Long
Two nominations
  • Sue Blane
  • Alison Chitty
  • Tim Goodchild
  • Tim Hatley
  • Roger Kirk
  • Peter McKintosh
  • Vicki Mortimer
  • Martin Pakledinaz
  • Paul Tazewell
  • Jenny Tiramani
  • Catherine Zuber

See also


    • London Theatre Guide (2008). "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (.PDF). 1976-2008. The Society of London Theatre: 20. Retrieved 2008-08-30. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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