Superbreak @ The Olivier Awards 2013

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Last night Superbreak’s Head of Theatre & Events David Thomas attended the highly prestigious Olivier Awards. The star studded event celebrates the best of West End Theatre and  was crammed full of the West End’s most talented actors including the likes of Helen Mirren, Kim Catrall and Daniel Radcliffe. Theatre-mad David was in his element and was kind enough to give us a run down of the very special evening…

Olivier Awards 2013
Our very own David Thomas (left) with Sweeny Todd’s Michael Ball (right)

Yesterday London’s Royal Opera House was home to the 37th Olivier Awards – a truly glorious celebration of the very best of the capital’s theatre and dance. This year the awards were like no other, as for the first time in living memory, I agreed with the selection of every winner summoned up onto the sumptuous Covent Garden stage! (and the mini-stage set up in the Piazza outside where record crowds were entertained throughout the afternoon an evening)


The evening was hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith, who did a wonderful job of the proceedings along side a voice over from Julia McKenzie. The clear star of the evening was The National Theatre’s astonishing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, for bagging a magnificent seven awards. The new play’s incredible success now equals the record haul set last year by Matilda The Musical. Top Hat netted three awards, including the coveted Best New Musical Award

The Audience scooped both Best Actress, for Helen Mirren’s stunning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and Best Supporting Actor, for Richard McCabe’s brilliant portrayal of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Sweeney Todd won both Best Actress In A Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Actor in A Musical for Michael Ball. As all this went on inside the Royal Opera House, performances from Billy Elliot The Musical, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Audience award, electrified the crowds outside.


This was the first televised Olivier Awards for over a decade. The event lived up to the occasion with a dazzling showcase that proved once again why London’s West End is the theatre capital of the world.  And the two special awards, going to playwright Michael Frayn (Noises Off, Copenhagen and Donkey’s Years) and Choreographer Gillian Lynne (Cats and The Phantom of the Opera) was ample demonstration, if any were needed, of the phenomenal range of London’s theatre offering.

But for Gillian Lynne, it was a return to the Covent Garden stage…  “This is the spot, where I’m standing now, where I performed my first Royal Ballet solo, sixty seven years ago, with the Royal Family watching from up there”


What a wonderful night! What a wonderful and priceless asset we have in the West End Stage. You can travel to the ends of the Earth and not find anything to equal to it.  Congratulations to all the winners, and to all the runners up. In the UK we are ALL winners in having this phenomenal world-leading theatre.

Images courtesy of Sarah Jeynes

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Best Actor: Luke Treadaway for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Actress: Helen Mirren for The Audience

Best Actor In A Musical: Michael Ball for Sweeney Todd

Best Actress In A Musical: Imelda Staunton for Sweeney Todd

Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Richard McCabe for The Audience

Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Nicola Walker for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance In A Supporting Role In A Musical: Leigh Zimmerman for A Chorus Line

Best Director: Marianne Elliott for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best New Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best New Musical: Top Hat

Best Entertainment & Family Award: Goodnight Mister Tom

Radio 2 Audience Award: Billy Elliott

Best Musical Revival: Sweeney Todd

Best Revival: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Lighting Design: Paule Constable for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Sound Design: Ian Dickinson and Adrian Sutton for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Set Design: Bunny Christie and Finn Ross for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Costume: Jon Morrell for Top Hat

Best Choreographer: Bill Deamer for Top Hat

Outstanding Achievement In Dance: Marianela Núñez for the Royal Ballet

Outstanding Achievement In Affiliate Theatre: Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at The Royal Court

Outstanding Achievement In Opera: Bryan Hymel

Best New Opera Production: Einstein On The Beach at The Barbican

Special Award: Michael Frayn



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