The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has won seven Olivier Awards, matching the record set by Matilda the Musical last year.
The National Theatre production, which has since transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, was recognised in the best actor category for Luke Treadaway’s performance and in the best director group for Marianne Elliott.
The show, which is an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel by Simon Stephens, also took home gongs for best play and for best supporting actress, won by Nicola Walker.
Best lighting design went to Paule Constable and the production also took home prizes for Bunny Christie and Finn Ross’s set design and Ian Dickinson and Adrian Sutton’s sound design.
Treadaway said: “I see this as a massive collaboration with everyone else that worked on the show. I’m so glad that everyone is enjoying it, but this award is not even necessary – I’ve loved doing the show so much anyway.”
He added: “The fact that the National is a subsidised theatre means it is has been able to experiment and create new theatre so that not everything is done for ticket sales. I hope that the funding from the arts council continues [for the National] otherwise shows like this wouldn’t happen.”
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical won in seven categories at the 2012 Olivier Awards and was entered into the Guinness Book of Records for the most number of wins for a single show.
Asked how it felt to match the success of last year’s big winner Matilda the Musical, playwright Stephens said: “It’s so exciting and everyone will say this, because it’s true about theatre, but Curious Incident is an example of the way in which this artform more than any other artform is collaborative. Anyone who has helped stage this show has created a team spirit and so to be recognised tonight means an immense amount.”
Elsewhere at this year’s awards, which took place this evening at the Royal Opera House, Helen Mirren was named best actress for her role as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, while Richard McCabe won best supporting actor for his performance as former prime minister Harold Wilson in the same play.
Meanwhile, Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd, which transferred to the Adelphi Theatre last year, won best musical revival and its leading performers Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton were named best actor and actress in a musical.
Top Hat took home three gongs, for best new musical, best theatre choreographer - awarded to Bill Deamer – and best costume design, won by Jon Morrell.
Leigh Zimmerman received the award for best performance in a supporting role in a musical for her appearance in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, while best revival went to A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, and Goodnight Mister Tom at the Phoenix Theatre won in the best entertainment and family category.
As previously announced, playwright Michael Frayn and choreographer Gillian Lynne were both presented with an Olivier Special Award at the ceremony.
The 2013 Olivier Awards ceremony was sponsored by Mastercard. For full coverage see this week’s print edition of The Stage.
The awards in full are:
Luke Treadaway – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Helen Mirren – The Audience
Best actor in a supporting role
Richard McCabe – The Audience
Best actress in a supporting role
Nicola Walker – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mastercard best new play
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Marianne Elliott – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best actor in a musical
Michael Ball – Sweeney Todd
Best actress in a musical
Imelda Staunton – Sweeney Todd
Best performance in a supporting role in a musical
Leigh Zimmerman – A Chorus Line
Best new musical
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best musical revival
Best entertainment and family
Goodnight Mister Tom
White Light award for best lighting design
Paule Constable – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best sound design
Ian Dickinson and Adrian Sutton – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Best costume design
Jon Morrell – Top Hat
XL Video Award for best set design
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross – The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time
Best new dance production
Aeternum by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, choreographed by Christoper Wheeldon
Outstanding achievement in dance
Marianela Nunez for Aeternum, Diana & Actaeon and Viscera, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House
Best theatre choreographer
Bill Deamer – Top Hat
Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre
The season of new writing at the Royal Court Upstairs
Best new opera production
Einstein On The Beach at the Barbican Theatre
Outstanding achievement in opera
Bryan Hymel for his performances in Les Troyens, Robert Le Diable and Rusalka at the Royal Opera House
BBC Radio 2 Audience Award
Billy Elliot The Musical