It was a star-studded affair at Grosvenor House last night for the annual Olivier Awards from the Society of London Theatre.
The surprise win was Black Watch – a play based on interviews with soldiers who served in Iraq. It started at an army drill hall in Edinburgh and has toured the world – winning four awards including Best New Play for the National Theatre of Scotland and writer Gregory Burke, and Best Director for John Tiffany.
It was also a night of reverence as a number of old school actors were given major awards including Patrick Stewart winning Best Performance in a Supporting Role for the RSC’s Hamlet, Derek Jacobi’s Best Actor win for Twelfth Night and Margaret Tyzack’s Best Actress award for The Chalk Garden. These last two productions were Donmar Warehouse shows – who had another good year seeing the Best Actress in a Musical gong go to Elena Roger for Piaf.
In musical theatre La Cage Aux Folles came away with two awards – Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge; plus awards for Jersey Boys and Zorro.
Sexy cabaret circus show La Clique won Best Entertainment and Sir Alan Ayckbourn, currently with hit show A Woman in Mind appearing the West End, was awarded the Society’s special award.
See the full list of winners here
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