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.