Almeida, MORMON and National Theatre Big Oliviers 2014 Winners!
The winners of the 38th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, were announced tonight (Sunday 13 April 2014) in front of a packed audience at a glamorous ceremony at London's Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton.
The ceremony featured a showstopping finale from ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus to celebrate 15 years of the hit show MAMMA MIA!, as well as special performances from Broadway star and two-time Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters and international opera sensation Joseph Calleja, and live performances from all the nominated productions in both the MasterCard Best New Musical and BBC Radio 2 Audience Award categories.
Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, which enjoyed sell out runs at the Almeida Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre, was the evening's biggest winner with five Awards including American Airlines Best New Play, Best Director for Lyndsey Turner and the XL Video Award for Best Set Design for Es Devlin.
Chimerica's Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross also shared the White Light Award for Best Lighting Designwith Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Carolyn Downing jointly won Best Sound for Chimerica with Gareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along.
Lesley Manville was crowned Best Actress for her performance in Ghosts, another Almeida Theatre transfer, this time to Trafalgar Studios, which also won Best Revival and Best Actor in a Supporting Rolefor Jack Lowden.
The Book Of Mormon dominated the musical categories winning four Awards including MasterCard Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Stephen Ashfield and Best Theatre Choreographer for Casey Nicholaw.
Zrinka Cvitesic won Best Actress in a Musical for Once at the Phoenix Theatre, which was also awarded the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music won by Martin Lowefor composition and arrangements and Glenn Hansard and Markéta Irglová for music and lyrics.
Merrily We Roll Along was named Best Musical Revival for its critically acclaimed run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre was awarded Best New Comedy and the Royal Opera House's first West End transfer The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre won Best Entertainment and Family.
Mark Thompson was awarded Best Costume Design for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre was presented toHandbagged at the Tricycle Theatre, which has now begun a West End run.
In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production was won by Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler's Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler's Wells and Oustanding Achievement in Dance went to Michael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz - The Talent also at Sadler's Wells.
In the opera section, Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House was named Best New Opera Production and Outstanding Achievement in Opera was won by English Touring Opera for its brave and challenging touring productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House.
This year's Special Award winners for outstanding achievement were legendary theatre impresario Michael White, who was presented his Award by Kate Moss and Nigel Planer, and the National Theatre's Sir Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who received their joint Award from James Corden and Rory Kinnear in recognition of their decade in charge of the Southbank venue.
The publicly voted BBC Radio 2 Audience Award was presented to LES MISERABLES for a second time.
The evening's show also included a live link to a free public Olivier Awards celebration on the ITV stage in Covent Garden Piazza hosted by Mylene Klass and West End leading man Michael Xavier where hundreds of theatre-lovers enjoyed West End performances and a live big screen relay of the ceremony.
FULL WINNERS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2014 WITH MASTERCARD
Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier
Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jack Lowden for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier
AMERICAN AIRLINES BEST NEW PLAY
Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST NEW COMEDY
Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Zrinka Cvitesic for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Stephen Ashfield for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL
The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Casey Nicholaw for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre
AUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Michael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz - The Talent at Sadler's Wells
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
English Touring Opera for its brave and challenging touring productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
BBC RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD
LES MISERABLES at the Queen's Theatre