If you are a fan of London theatre breaks then you are probably aware that last night the 35th Laurence Olivier Awards took place in London’s West End. Broadcast across the BBC via Radio 2 and the BBC red button the prestigious awards were held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
With a host of celebrity’s and theatre fans attending the Laurence Olivier Awards is a key night in theatrelands calendar. The fun loving show Legally Blonde the musical was top of the awards list receiving awards for Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith and Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Jill Halfpenny. Having already scooped four awards at the What’s on Stage Awards in February Legally Blonde is defiantly a must see show.
The American play Clybourne Park won the MasterCard Best New Play award while listeners of Radio 2 were able to vote for the Audience Award For Most Popular Show choosing from a selection of West End shows. More than 43,000 theatre goers voted in the category with the Queen based rock musical We Will Rock You taking the award.
The York Theatre Royal’s London production of The Railway Children at Waterloo Station won the Best entertainment show and was seen by 165,000 people in London alone. The event uses a real train on the old Eurostar platform to capture the much loved story of three children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, whose lives are dramatically altered after their father is arrested on suspicion of being a spy.
So what shows have you seen and which would you rate as the best? Will you be heading on a London theatre break this year or will you be waiting for the shows to come to you.