The annual Olivier Awards 2023 were announced today, Sunday 2 April 2023, at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Read the full list of Olivier Awards winners, below.
Hosted by Hannah Waddingham, the big winner of the night was My Neighbour Totoro, which scored 6 Olivier Awards wins, including best director for Phelim McDermott, and Best Entertainment or Comedy Play.
Standing at the Sky’s Edge, with 8 nominations, and Oklahoma! with 7 nominations, failed to take the lead, winning 2 awards each, although Standing at the Sky’s Edge took home the prestigious Best New Musical prize, and Arthur Darvill won Best Actor in a Musical for Oklahoma!.
Rebecca Frecknall’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre had 6 nominations, and won three, including acting awards for Paul Mescal and Anjana Vasan.
Streetcar’s Patsy Ferran missed out on the best actress award, with Jodie Comer scooping the prize for her performance in one-person play Prima Facie.
Overall it was a good night for the Almeida Theatre, picking up 6 awards – for A Streetcar Named Desire, Patriots and Tammy Faye The Musical.
To Kill a Mockingbird, currently at the Gielgud Theatre, and The Band’s Visit, which played the Donmar Warehouse, both went into the awards with 6 nominations each, but failed to score any wins.
Presenters at this year’s awards included performers Davina de Camp, Dita von Teese, Mark Strong, Helen George, Golda Rosheuvel, Rebecca Lucy Taylor, Luke Evans, Sheridan Smith, Eddie Izzard, Liz Carr, Meera Syal, Aimee Lou Wood, Sheila Atim, Cush Jumbo, Tim Minchin, Sindhu Vee, Lea Salonga, Anthony Roth Constanzo, Callum Scott Howells, Milly Alcock, Darcy Bussell, Anne Reid and Marisha Wallace; creatives Es Devlin and Matthew Bourne; and celebrities Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott.
There were also performances from the best new musical and best musical revival nominees, including Oklahoma!, Newsies, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Sister Act, and Sylvia, plus musicals The Book of Mormon and Grease.
Hannah Waddingham also performed the opening number of the show – the first time that the Olivier Awards has had an opening number specially composed for the show. Pippa Cleary (The Great British Bake Off Musical, My Son’s A Queer, But What Can You Do?) did the honours, with Hannah performing alongside casts of West End musicals.
Also see: Olivier Awards Live updates and Winners Scorecard.
Olivier Award 2023 – Winners
Dame Arlene Phillips, Special Award for world-renowned choreographer and theatre director
Sir Derek Jacobi, Lifetime Achievement Award for his 60-year career on stage and screen
Industry Recognition Awards
Pippa Ailion MBE, for casting
Andrew Bruce (Mamma Mia!), for sound design
Amanda Parker, for arts administration and services to charity
Peter Wilson MBE, for production
A Streetcar Named Desire at Almeida Theatre
Best actor in a supporting role
Will Keen for Patriots at Almeida Theatre
Best actress in a supporting role
Anjana Vasan for A Streetcar Named Desire at Almeida theatre
Best set design
Tom Pye for My Neighbour Totoro at Barbican theatre
Best costume design
Kimie Nakano for My Neighbour Totoro at Barbican theatre
Jodie Comer for Prima Facie at Harold Pinter Theatre
Paul Mescal for A Streetcar Named Desire at Almeida Theatre
Outstanding achievement in opera
William Kentridge for his conception and direction of Sibyl at Barbican Theatre
Best new opera production
Alcina by Royal Opera at Royal Opera House
Best new play
Prima Facie at Harold Pinter theatre
Sir Peter Hall award for best director
Phelim McDermott for My Neighbour Totoro at Barbican Theatre
Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre
The P Word at Bush theatre
Noël Coward award for best entertainment or comedy play
My Neighbour Totoro at Barbican theatre
Best family show
Hey Duggee: The Live Theatre Show at Royal Festival Hall
Outstanding achievement in dance
Dickson Mbi for his choreography of Enowate at Sadler’s Wells
Best new dance production
Traplord by Ivan Michael Blackstock at 180 Studios (The Strand)
Best musical revival
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! at Young Vic
Best original score or new orchestrations
Richard Hawley and Tom Deering for Standing at the Sky’s Edge at National Theatre (Music and lyrics by Hawley; orchestrations by Deering)
Gillian Lynne award for best theatre choreographer
Matt Cole for Newsies at Troubadour Wembley Park theatre
Best lighting design
Jessica Hung Han Yun for My Neighbour Totoro at Barbican Theatre
Best sound design
Tony Gayle for My Neighbour Totoro at Barbican theatre
Best actress in a supporting role in a musical
Beverley Knight for Sylvia at the Old Vic
Best actor in a supporting role in a musical
Zubin Varla for Tammy Faye at Almeida theatre
Best actor in a musical
Arthur Darvill for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! at Young Vic
Best actress in a musical
Katie Brayben for Tammy Faye at Almeida Theatre
Best new musical
Standing at the Sky’s Edge at National Theatre, Olivier
Olivier Awards – What we know so far