Book of Mormon and Chimerica win big at Olivier Awards 2014
The Book of Mormon has taken the majority of prizes for a musical at this year’s Olivier Awards.
Nominated for six prizes, it received gongs in four of those categories, winning best new musical, best actor in a musical for Gavin Creel’s performance and best supporting role in a musical for Stephen Ashfield’s performance. The show also took the best choreographer prize, for Casey Nicholaw.
At a ceremony held this evening at London’s Royal Opera House, Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica took home five gongs, including best new play and best director for Lyndsey Turner.
The Almeida Theatre production, which later transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre, won best set design for Es Devlin’s work. The show was also recognised for lighting design and sound design – both awarded jointly – for Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross’s work and Carolyn Downing’s, respectively.
Meanwhile, Rory Kinnear and Lesley Manville took home the best actor and actress prizes.
Kinnear was recognised for his turn as Iago in the National Theatre production of Othello. He saw off competition from Jude Law for Henry V, Tom Hiddleston for Coriolanus and Henry Goodman for The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui.
Manville won for a revival of Ghosts, which ran at the Almeida Theatre and later transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, beating Judi Dench for new play Peter and Alice, Hayley Atwell for The Pride and Anna Chancellor for Private Lives.
Ghosts, which was adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, also took the prize for best revival and for best actor in a supporting role – owing to Jack Lowden’s performance.
Once at the Phoenix Theatre was recognised in this year’s new category of outstanding achievement in music, for Martin Lowe’s composition and arrangements, and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. It also took best actress in a musical for Zrinka Cvitesic’s performance.
Elsewhere at the awards, outgoing National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner and executive director Nick Starr were presented with a special prize, as was theatre producer Michael White.
The award winners in full are:
Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier
Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre and 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
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
Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter 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 Cvitešić 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
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
Outstanding achievement in music
Once – Martin Lowe for composition & arrangements, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová for music & lyrics
Best lighting design
Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
Paul Pyant for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Best sound design
Carolyn Downing for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
Gareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Best costume design
Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Best set design
Es Devlin for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre
Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre
Best new dance production
Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells
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 Vĕpres 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 Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre
Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr
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