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News: Olivier Awards – Winners Announced!

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What an exciting evening for British theatre. It’s THE theatrical night of the year where all of our favourite actors, actresses, choreographers, directors, designers and many many more, gather under the roof at the glamourous Royal Opera House to receive that shiny gold Olivier.

To make it even more special, this evening celebrated a whopping 40 years of the ceremony and wow did they celebrate in style.

Theatre’s sweetheart Michael Ball did a fabulous job of hosting the evening and he was joined by an array of stars including Shirley Bassey, Matthew Bourne, Jim Carter, Lesley Manville, Kit Harrington, Eddie Izzard and James Norton plus many others to present the awards.

There were fabulous performances from all four of the nominated productions in the Best Musical Revival category. Best Actress in a Musical nominee and sensational Imelda Staunton opened the show performing a number the phenomenal Gypsy.

Jack Savoretti performed Sonnet 18 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and was a touching tribute to the late Alan Rickman. The performance is inspired by 2002 album When Loves Speaks, a collection of William Shakespeare’s sonnets interpreted in spoken word and song which was co-curated by the late Alan Rickman.

Also wowing the audience was a unique performance from Cyndi Lauper who wrote the music and lyrics to Kinky Boots, which was incredible.

Now onto the winners:

Best Revival



Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Best New Comedy

Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Best Costume Design

Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design

Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

Mark Henderson for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Sound Design

Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best New Opera Production

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Actor

Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Actress

Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best Entertainment and Family

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre

Best New Dance Production

Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House

Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music

In The Heights – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer

Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Director

Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Musical Revival

Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical

Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical

Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

MasterCard Best New Musical

Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Magic FM Audience Award

Phantom of the Opera

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