So, last weekend saw the biggest names in theatre come together for the glitzy and elegant awards that are The Oliviers. The annual ceremony is chance for musicals, plays, actors, actresses and everyone behind the scenes that make these shows so incredible to battle it out for the iconic award. This year saw some breath taking productions hit the West End, making for an even more interesting evening. Below are the lucky winners who managed to fend off the competition and take the glory…some may surprise you.
The Book of Mormon
The controversial musical brought to the stage by the team behind South Park raised a few eyebrows when it made its way onto the prestigious London stage. However, The Book of Mormon has now been welcomed with open arms and scooped two of the biggest awards of the night. The hilarious US Blockbuster follows two young Mormon missionaries sent to convert an African village and satirises everything from religion to The Lion King. It’s definitely brought something different to The West End, and it looks like the audiences love it.
Best New Musical
Best Actor in a Musical – Gavin Creel
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Stephen Ashfield
Best Theatre Choreographer
Landing five awards at this years’ ceremony, Chimerica was the stand out performer of the entire evening. The thrilling play sees a young American photojournalist capture a piece of history at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, becoming a search for the hero he photographed 20 years later. After transferring from The Almeida Theatre, the critically acclaimed play saw director Lindsay Turner get her reward.
American Airlines Best New Play
Best Director – Lindsay Turner
White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
Best Sound Design
XL Video Award for Best Set Design
Just like Chimerica, Ghosts transferred to The West End after a hugely successful run at The Almeida Theatre – clearly a breeding ground for exceptional plays! The gripping tale follows Helene Alving, stuck in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past she plans to tell her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of his father’s sinister life. We sent our Conversion Manager, Diane to see the play when it first came to Trafalgar Studios and her review of Ghosts says she loved it as much as everybody else clearly does! Give it a read.
Best Actress – Lesley Manville
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Jack Lowden
There were many other success stories throughout the night for an array of shows. From big name productions to relatively unknown plays, established actors to first time performers, the Oliviers truly showcased the amazing talent that resides on the West End stages. Here are the rest of the winners…
Best Actor – Rory Kinnear for Othello
Best Actress in a Musical – Zrinka Cvitešia for Once
Best New Comedy – Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
Best Entertainment and Family – The Wind In The Willows
Best Costume Design – Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – Les Misérables
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