London Lookout: 2012 Olivier Award Winners

Hello Everyone! We are bringing you another update from across the pond! This past weekend was a very exciting one for the London theatre community as the 2012 Olivier Awards took the stage to present the best of London theatre for the year. This night which is a celebration for the West End was filled with talent, art and even a little record breaking here and there. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you your 2012 Olivier Award Winners.

The Olivier Award, is equal to the Tony Award for in British Theatre, but is the highest honor one can receive in British Theatre. The awards were started in 1976 and named after Lord Olivier in 1984. It covers all theatre including plays, musicals, dance productions and other smaller theatre. The awards are presented by The Society of London Theatre.

It was a record breaking night at the 2012 Olivier Awards as Matilda the Musical broke the record for the most awards ever won winning 7 Olivier Awards by nights end including Best New Musical. It was also a great night for Crazy For You which received the Olivier for Best Revival of a Musical and Collaborators which received the Olivier for Best New Play.

Below is a complete list of 2012 Olivier Award Winners:

BEST NEW PLAY
Collaborators at the Cottesloe
Jumpy at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
The Ladykillers at the Gielgud
One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST REVIVAL
Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse 
Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s
Noises Off at the Old Vic

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
Derren Brown – Svengali at the Shaftesbury 
Midnight Tango at the Aldwych
Potted Potter at the Garrick
The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Vaudeville

BEST ACTRESS
Ruth Wilson for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse
* Celia Imrie for Noises Off at the Old Vic
* Lesley Manville for Grief at the Cottesloe
* Kristin Scott Thomas for Betrayal at the Harold Pinter
* Marcia Warren for The Ladykillers at the Gielgud

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for Frankenstein at the Olivier 
* James Corden for One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
* David Haig for The Madness of George III at the Apollo
* Douglas Hodge for Inadmissable Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse
* Jude Law for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sheridan Smith for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket 
* Mark Addy for Collaborators at the Cottesloe
* Oliver Chris for One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
* Johnny Flynn for Jerusalem at the Apollo
* Bryony Hannah for The Children’s Hour at the Harold Pinter

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
The Matilda’s (Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kelly, Eleanor Worthington) for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge 
* Kate Fleetwood for London Road at the Cottesloe
* Sarah Lancashire for Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
* Scarlett Strallen for Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Bertie Carvel for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge
* Nigel Lindsay for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
* Reece Shearsmith for Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
* Paulo Szot for South Pacific at the Barbican

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Nigel Harman for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 
* Sharon D Clarke for Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly
* Sophie-Louise Dann for Lend Me A Tenor The Musical at the Gielgud
* Paul Kaye for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge
* Katherine Kingsley for Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace

BEST NEW MUSICAL
Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge 
Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly
London Road at the Cottesloe
Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Crazy for You at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 
Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace
South Pacific at the Barbican
The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium

BEST DIRECTOR
Matthew Warchus for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge
* Sean Foley for The Ladykillers at the Gielgud
* Nicholas Hytner for One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
* Rufus Norris for London Road at the Cottesloe

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Peter Darling for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge 
* Javier de Frutos for London Road at the Cottesloe
* Stephen Mear for Crazy For You at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
* Andrew Wright for Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Frankenstein designed by Bruno Poet at the Olivier 
Anna Christie designed by Howard Harrison at the Donmar Warehouse
Ghost the Musical designed by Hugh Vanstone at the Piccadilly
Matilda the Musical designed by Hugh Vanstone at the Cambridge

BEST SET DESIGN
Matilda the Musical designed Rob Howell at the Cambridge 
Ghost the Musical designed by Rob Howell at the Piccadilly
The Ladykillers designed by Michael Taylor at the Gielgud
One Man, Two Guvnors designed by Mark Thompson at the Lyttelton

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Crazy for You designed by Peter McKintosh at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Matilda the Musical designed by Rob Howell at the Cambridge
Shrek the Musical designed by Tim Hatley at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
South Pacific designed by Catherine Zuber at the Barbican

BEST SOUND DESIGN
* Matilda the Musical designed by Simon Baker at the Cambridge
Ghost the Musical designed by Bobby Aitken at the Piccadilly
Frankenstein designed by Underworld and Ed Clarke at the Olivier
The Ladykillers designed by Ben and Max Ringham at the Gielgud

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Theatre Royal, Stratford East in association with the Barbican and Traverse Theatre for Roadkill 
* The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester for Mogadishu at the Lyric Hammersmith
* The Donmar Warehouse for Salt, Root and Roe at the Trafalgar Studios 2
* The Royal Court for The Village Bike at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
English National Opera’s Castor and Pollux at the London Coliseum
* English National Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the London Coliseum
* English National Opera’s The Passenger at the London Coliseum
* ROH2’s Clemency (in association with Scottish Opera) at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
ENO for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme 
* Amanda Holden for her translation of Castor and Pollux at the London Coliseum
* Richard Jones for his direction of Anna Nicole and Il Trittico at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and The Tales of Hoffmann at the London Coliseum
* Mark-Anthony Turnage for his composition of Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Twice Through the Heart at Sadler’s Wells.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Edward Watson for his performance in The Metamorphosis at the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House
* The Design Team for their work on the Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House
* Sylvie Guillem for her performance in her production of 6000 Miles Away at Sadler’s Wells
* Tommy Franzen for his performance in ZooNation’s Some Like it Hip Hop at the Peacock

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Desh by Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells, choreographed by Akram Khan 
Gardenia by Les Ballets C de la B at Sadler’s Wells, directed by Alain Platel and Frank van Laecke
The Metamorphosis by ROH2 at the Linbury Studio, choreographed by Arthur Pita
Some Like It Hip Hop by ZooNation at the Peacock, choreographed by Kate Prince, Tommy Franzen and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille

BBC RADIO 2 OLIVIER AUDIENCE AWARD
(Voted for by public).
Les Miserables
Billy Elliot
Jersey Boys
Wicked

Special Olivier Awards were presented to Sir Tim Rice and the Royal Ballet’s Dame Monica Mason as well. Congratulations to those two!

I think it will be very interesting to see if any current Broadway productions that has transferred from London will suffer at all form their lack of winning this past weekend. The two productions I’m talking about are Ghost the Musical and One Man, Two Guvnors. Lets see if they can get a better audience and critical approval here on Broadway then they did in the West End. Also, exciting of course is the fact that Matilda the Musical will be transferring to Broadway in Spring 2013. That is something I am beyond looking forward to and something I think everyone else should keep their eyes on. From what I have seen of that production, it is going to be one not to miss.

Congratulations to everyone who received an award or was recognized during the night for their amazing achievements in theatre. I think it is important to note even being nominated for one of these awards is a major achievement so congratulations to all. You can also check out the Official Olivier Awards Website for more information on all the winners. And we will continue to bring you theatre coverage of the West End through our new series, London Lookout! Be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre as well for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more including our new coverage of theatre now into London’s West End!

Matilda the Musical Broke Records Winning 7 Oliviers

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