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Bernadette Peters and ABBA to appear at Olivier Awards 2014

March 29, 2014 

More details have been announced about this year’s Olivier Awards.

  • Bernadette Peters, ABBA’s Benny and Björn and Joseph Calleja to perform
  • Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Beverley Knight, Luke Treadaway, Ruth Wilson to present awards
  • Show performances include The Book Of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Scottsboro Boys.
Bernadette Peters will perform at this year's Olivier Awards

Bernadette Peters will perform at this year’s Olivier Awards

The Society of London Theatre has announced that Broadway star Bernadette Peters will perform at this year’s Olivier Awards, held at the Royal Opera House on 13 April 2014.

The two-time Tony Award winning star will fly into London especially for the awards, and sing a show-stopping number accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Also at this year’s awards, ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will reunite to celebrate 15 years of the hit show MAMMA MIA!

There will also be a special performance by international opera singer Joseph Calleja, who will finish the first half of the evening by singing E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca.

All of this year’s Best New Musical nominees will perform at the show including The Book Of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys.

There will also be performances from all the Audience Award nominees – Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

WATCHING THE AWARDS

ITV has announced the time that it will air their Olivier Awards highlights package: 10.15pm on 13 April 2014 on ITV.

The ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza will also be presenting a free Olivier Awards celebration from 5pm on the day. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Michael Xavier, the free event will feature live performances from shows including Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Urinetown and Wicked.

Large screens in the Piazza will broadcast the Awards live from 6.30pm.

HOSTS AND PRESENTERS

Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will be hosting this year’s awards, with voiceover by Julie Walters.

Guest presenters will include Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Harman, Rufus Hound, Beverley Knight, Dame Penelope Keith, Robert Lindsay, Dame Gillian Lynne, Ben Miles, Alistair McGowan, Marianela Núñez, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Strong, Luke Treadaway, Gok Wan, Ruth Wilson and Leigh Zimmerman. More presenters and guests will be announced nearer to the night.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will be accompanying all performances under David Charles Abell.

LINKS

Visit our Olivier Awards microsite

Photos: Olivier Awards 2013 – Awards night and winners

April 29, 2013 

Photos from the 2013 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London.

Helen Mirren, best actress winner at the 2013 Olivier Awards

Helen Mirren, best actress winner at the 2013 Olivier Awards

See photos from this year’s Olivier Awards including:

  • Luke Treadaway from The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton from Sweeney Todd
  • The cast of Top Hat
  • Helen Mirren from The Audience
  • The cast of Billy Elliot The Musical
  • The cast of A Chorus Line
  • Will Young from Cabaret
  • Special Award winners, playwright Michael Frayn and choreographer Gillian Lynne
  • Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel
  • Hosts Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville
  • Presenters Damian Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Crawford and Kim Cattrall
  • Performer Petula Clarke
  • Heather Headley from The Bodyguard

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LINKS

View all winners of the Olivier Awards 2013

 

Winners of the 2013 Olivier Awards announced

April 28, 2013 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time scoops 7 awards at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Luke Treadaway wins Best Actor

Luke Treadaway wins Best Actor

At a glamorous event at the Royal Opera House in London, the Society of London Theatre’s annual Olivier Awards were held this evening, Sunday 28 April 2013, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

The show of the night was undoubtedly the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in London. The show, based on Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel, won 7 awards including best new play, best director for Marianne Elliot, best actor for Luke Treadaway and best supporting actress for Nicola Walker. The show equaled that of last year’s big winner, Matilda the Musical.

The leading musicals of the night were Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd and Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, which both won 3 awards. Sweeney Todd won best musical revival, best actor in a musical for Michael Ball and best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton, and Top Hat scooped best new musical, best theatre choreographer for Bill Deamer and best costume design for Jon Morrell.

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Audience

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Audience

Helen Mirren won a best actress award for her role as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, alongside her co-star Richard McCabe, who won best supporting actor.

Billy Elliot The Musical won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, voted for by members of the theatregoing public. Other awards included Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court for its Season of New Writing, Best Revival for A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, Best Entertainment and Family for Goodnight Mr Tom at the Phoenix Theatre and Leigh Zimmerman won Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.

Playwright Michael Frayn and dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne were presented with Special Awards at the event. Roger Allam gave Michael Frayn his award, and David Suchet and Michael Crawford presented Gillian Lynne with her Special Award.

Olivier hosts Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith

Olivier hosts Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith

Live musical performers included Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel, Michael Ball, Tim Minchin, Sheridan Smith and Petula Clark, with the casts of Cabaret, A Chorus Line, The Bodyguard and Top Hat included in the night.

LINKS

View all winners of the Olivier Awards 2013

View a clip of Billy Elliot The Musical – live from the Olivier Awards

Whatsonstage Awards winners announced

February 18, 2013 

The winners of the Whats On Stage awards have been announced, including The Bodyguard winning Best New Musical.

Heather Headley and the cast of The Bodyguard perform at this year's Whatsonstage Awards. The Bodyguard scooped Best New Musical. Photo: Peter Gibbons

Heather Headley and the cast of The Bodyguard perform at this year’s Whatsonstage Awards. The Bodyguard scooped Best New Musical. Photo: Peter Gibbons

At a ceremony last night, 17 February 2013, at the Palace Theatre in London a host of West End stars gathered for the annual awards, voted for by members of the theatregoing public.

Hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Rufus Hound, over 60,000 people voted for this year’s awards.

Big winners included Chichester’s West End transfer of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton both taking home awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. The show also picked up gongs for Best Musical Revival, Best Director for Jonathan Kent and Best Lighting Designer for Mark Henderson.

Other musicals to take home prizes last night included The Bodyguard, which against stiff competition scooped the Best New Musical award. The arena tour production of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar saw Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical awards go to  Tim Minchin and Melanie C respectively.

And hot on the heels of the new film version of Les Miserables, Cameron Mackintosh’s original London production at the Queen’s Theatre won Best West End Show and Best Takeover for Ramin Karimloo for his performance as Jean Valjean.

In other musical awards, pop star Will Young received the London Newcomer of the Year award for his West End debut performance as the Emcee in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre. Broadway star Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba in Wicked, scooped Best Solo Performance for her West End concert last year, Boy George musical Taboo at Brixton Club House won Best Off-West End Production, and Green Day’s Broadway musical American Idiot took Best Regional Production for its autumn tour.

In drama, Sheridan Smith continued her awards run as she took Best Actress in a Play for Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic. Best Supporting Actress in a Play went to Natalie Casey, currently starring in the National tour of 9 to 5 The Musical, for her performance in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, which also won Best Play Revival.

Best Actor in a Play went to Rupert Everett for his current theatrical performance as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Richard III and Twelfth Night double-bill earned earned three awards: Best Ensemble Performance for the company, Best Shakespearean Production for Twelfth Night and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Stephen Fry as Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

The National Theatre’s stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was named Best New Play ahead of its transfer to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, and Graham Linehan’s stage version of the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers won Best New Comedy.

In other awards, Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony was rewarded with the Theatre Event of the Year gong. And the late Marvin Hamlisch was honoured in the Best Original Music category for his score for Sweet Smell of Success, which received its UK premiere in October at London’s Arcola Theatre. Hamlisch’s musical A Chorus Line is now running at the London Palladium.

LINKS

Whatsonstage Awards 2013 – complete list of winners

VIDEO

Highlights of the Whatsonstage Awards 2013

Sweeney Todd Ticket Offer: Save £27.50 on tickets

June 4, 2012 

Sweeney Todd - Ticket Sale

Starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

A wickedly funny tale of love and revenge, Sweeney Todd has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a true classic by a true master’.

Jonathan Kent’s thrilling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical features two world class performances from Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and is not to be missed.

Sweeney Todd – Save £27.50 on tickets

Michael Ball is Britain’s leading and best-loved musical theatre star. An Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, his transformation into the Demon Barber has been called ‘the performance of his life‘ by the Daily Mail.

Oscar® nominee and BAFTA-winner Imelda Staunton is best known for acclaimed performances as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, Miss Pole in Cranford and the title role in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake. Time Out has hailed her performance as Mrs Lovett as ‘nothing short of astonishing‘.

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April 30, 2012 

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Starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

A wickedly funny tale of love and revenge, Sweeney Todd has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a true classic by a true master’.

Jonathan Kent’s thrilling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical features two world class performances from Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and is not to be missed.

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We’ve got great seats on offer for just £45.99, saving you over £20 on the usual top price of £67.50.

But hurry – this offer must end Monday 7 May.

See two world class performances

Michael Ball is Britain’s leading and best-loved musical theatre star. An Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, his transformation into the Demon Barber has been called ‘the performance of his life‘ by the Daily Mail.

Oscar® nominee and BAFTA-winner Imelda Staunton is best known for acclaimed performances as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, Miss Pole in Cranford and the title role in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake. Time Out has hailed her performance as Mrs Lovett as ‘nothing short of astonishing‘.

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IMELDA STAUNTON in Sweeney Todd

April 29, 2012 

Fast hurtling towards “National Treasure” status, Imelda Staunton is the current Queen of the West End as she plays Mrs Lovett alongside Michael Ball’s Todd in the acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

IMELDA STAUNTON in Sweeney ToddStaunton’s star has been in the ascendant for a long time, but a two-year-running stint as host of the Olivier Awards alongside Michael Ball, and a star turn in Sweeney Todd, has positioned the actress as a London Theatre big-hitter.

Starring as Mrs Lovett at the Adelphi Theatre, in Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Theatre production of the show, she has won enormous critical acclaim for her performance.

Imelda’s theatre credits include A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, much National Theatre work including Guys and Dolls and A Chorus of Disapproval, The Wizard of Oz for the RSC and Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre.

Her work in TV and film includes The Singing Detective, Cranford, Vera Drake and the Harry Potter series of movies.

Book tickets to Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre in London

MICHAEL BALL in Sweeney Todd

April 29, 2012 

West End Theatre’s leading man Michael Ball returns home in an acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

MICHAEL BALL in Sweeney Todd
Michael Ball continues to exceed all expectations of what Britain’s leading man of musical  theatre should be about.

In what seems like an impossibly long and successful career he has moved from the hot young star of Les Mis and Aspects of Love, to comic master in shows like Hairspray, to his current manifestation as a mass murderer in Sweeney Todd.

Playing Todd at the Adelphi Theatre, in Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Theatre production of the show, Michael Ball has garnered some of the best reviews of his career so far and found a worthy match in his co-star, and fellow Olivier Awards host, Imelda Staunton.

Ball’s career highlights include playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Hajj/The Poet in Kismet, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Count Fosco in The Woman in White, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Passion, Aspects of Love, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

Following his turn in Sweeney Todd, and his almost unrivalled power to guarantee a full-house, we expect a whole new chapter of work from Ball in the next few years.

Book tickets to Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre in London

Matilda The Musical scoops 7 Olivier Awards

April 15, 2012 

Matilda The Musical dominated the 2012 Olivier Awards this evening at the Royal Opera House, winning seven awards.

The 2012 Olivier Awards were presented at the Royal Opera House today in a star-studded ceremony organised by The Society of London Theatre.

Matilda creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin

Matilda creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin

The awards were dominated by the RSC’s production of Matilda The Musical which scooped seven awards including Best New Musical, Best Director for Matthew Warchus, Best Actress in a Musical for the four young Matilda leads, Sophia Kiely, Kerry Ingram, Cleo Demetriou and Eleanor Worthington Cox, and Best Actor in a Musical for Bertie Carvel. The show also won Best Sound Design for Simon Baker, Best Theatre Choreography for Peter Darling and Best Set Design for Rob Howell. Based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s book and written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by comedian Tim Minchin, the show continues to play to packed audiences at the Cambridge Theatre in London.

Other big winners tonight included the Donmar’s production of Anna Christie which scooped Best Revival for Rob Ashford’s production and Best Actress for Ruth Wilson.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were jointly awarded the prize for Best Actor for their alternating roles in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein at the National theatre, plus Bruno Poet won Best Lighting Design for the show. The National Theatre also took home Best New Play for Collaborators by John Hodge, although missed out on any awards for its blockbuster comedy One Man, Two Guvnors now playing on Broadway and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The Open Air Theatre’s production of Crazy For You won both Best Musical Revival and Best Costume Design for Peter McKintosh. Other musical nods included the Radio Two Audience Award which went to Les Miserables and Nigel Harman winning Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Sheridan Smith, who won Best Actress in a Musical last year for her role in Legally Blonde, kept the momentum by taking home a Best Performance in a Supporting Role award for her role in Trevor Nunn’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre went to the Theatre Royal Stratford East in association with the Barbican and Traverse Theatre for Roadkill.

Tim Rice was honoured with a Special Award

Tim Rice was honoured with a Special Award

In dance, the Outstanding Achievement in Dance went to Edward Watson for his acclaimed performance in The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Opera House’s Dame Monica Mason was presented with a Special Award by Zoe Wanamaker for her extraordinary contribution to British dance. The Best New Dance Production went to DESH by Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells.

In the Opera categories, English National Opera triumphed by winning both awards: Best New Opera Production for Castor And Pollux and the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme.

Best Entertainment and Family show was won by Derren Brown for Svengali, taking home his second Entertainment Olivier Award.

The evening ended with a Special Award tribute to lyricist Sir Tim Rice, with Siobhan McCarthy and Maria Friedman singing I know Him So Well from Chess, Elaine Paige performing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita and the cast of The Lion Ling.

Hosted for a second year by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, who are currently starring in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre, the awards celebrate the best of London’s West End Theatre.

LINKS

See the full list of Olivier Awards 2012 winners here

Olivier Awards microsite

WATCH the Olivier Awards on BBC iPlayer

 

Sweeney Todd – Reviews Round-up

March 25, 2012 

A round-up of reviews for Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre in London starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

The acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which played last year in Chichester to packed houses, has transferred into the West End.

Starring Michael Ball as Sweeney Todd and Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett, the show is playing at the Adelphi Theatre, directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Anthony Ward.

See below for a round-up of reviews, including The Guardian, Telegraph, Evening Standard and Variety.

LINKS

Book tickets to Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre

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