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London's Olivier Award Winners Announced

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Mel Brooks' blockbuster musical THE PRODUCERS has won the coveted Best New Musical award at this year's Laurence Olivier Awards. The show, which was nominated in eight categories, took home three awards including Best Actor in a Musical for Nathan Lane, who saw off competition from his co-star Lee Evans, and Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Conleth Hill, who plays flamboyant director Roger DeBris.

Alan Bennett's critically-acclaimed play THE HISTORY BOYS also won three awards including Best New Play, Best Director for Nicholas Hytner and Best Actor for Richard Griffiths. Alan Bennett also received the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British theatre. The National Theatre, which had eight nominations, won five awards in total adding Best Lighting Design and Best Set Design for HIS DARK MATERIALS to the HISTORY BOYS' wins.

MARY POPPINS, which had nine nominations, won two awards including Best Actress in a Musical for Laura Michelle Kelly and Best Theatre Choreographer for Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear.

Claire Higgins picked up the Best Actress award for her performance in HECUBA at the Donmar Warehouse. The Donmar, which had three nominations this year, also won Outstanding Musical Production for GRAND HOTEL.

The RSC collected two awards, out of five nominations, including Best Performance in a Supporting Role for Amanda Harris for her role as Emilia in OTHELLO and Best Costume Design for ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL designed by Deirdre Clancy. Another Shakespearean production, Trevor Nunn's HAMLET at The Old Vic, collected the award for Best Revival.

The Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award went to San Francisco Ballet for their season at Sadler's Wells. The Royal Opera's LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Royal Opera House won Best New Opera Production.

The 29th Laurence Olivier Awards were presented, on Sunday 20 February 2005, by Richard Wilson at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The winners names appear in bold.

Best Actress


Best Actor

Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Best New Play

Best Revival

Best New Musical
  • MARY POPPINS a musical based on the stories of PL Travers and the Walt Disney Film; original music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman; book by Julian Fellowes; new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; co-created by Cameron Mackintosh at the Prince Edward
  • THE PRODUCERS book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan; music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and by special arrangement with StudioCanal at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
  • THE WOMAN IN WHITE a new musical freely adapted from the classic novel by Wilkie Collins; music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by David Zippel; book by Charlotte Jones at the Palace

Outstanding Musical Production

Best Actress in a Musical

Best Actor in a Musical

Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Best Director

Best Theatre Choreographer

Best Lighting Design

Best Set Design

Best Costume Design
  • ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL designed by Deirdre Clancey at the Gielgud
  • HAMLET designed by John Gunter and Mark Bouman at The Old Vic
  • MARY POPPINS designed by Bob Crowley at the Prince Edward
  • THE PRODUCERS designed by William Ivey Long at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Best Sound Design
  • FESTEN designed by Paul Arditti at the Almeida and Lyric
  • SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER designed by Adam Cork at the Albery
  • THE WOMAN IN WHITE designed by Mick Potter at the Palace

Outstanding Achievement or Performance in an Affiliate Theatre
  • Kevin Harvey for his performance in YELLOWMAN at Hampstead
  • Aidan McArdle for his performance in THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN at the Tricycle
  • AnDrew Scott for his performance in A GIRL IN A CAR WITH A MAN at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court
  • The Tricycle Theatre for its production of GUANTANAMO

Best New Opera Production
  • The Royal Opera's LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Royal Opera House
  • Les Arts Florissants, Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu, Théâtre Du Châtelet and BITE 04's LES PALADINS at the Barbican
  • The Royal Opera's PETER GRIMES at the Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
  • Ben Heppner for The Royal Opera's PETER GRIMES
  • John McFarlane for his designs of The Royal Opera's PETER GRIMES and LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Royal Opera House
  • The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the musical direction of Antonio Pappano for their season's work
  • Thomas Adès and the Royal Opera House for the world premiere of THE TEMPEST

Best New Dance Production

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
  • Julien Macdonald for his costume designs for Richard Alston Dance Company's SHIMMER at Sadler's Wells
  • San Francisco Ballet for their season at Sadler's Wells
  • The Royal Ballet for their recreation of SYLVIA at the Royal Opera House
  • Rambert Dance Company for the range and quality of new work in their November season at Sadler's Wells


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