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Book of Mormon and Chimerica win big at Olivier Awards 2014

A scene from The Book of Mormon, tickets for which are now £152.25. Photo: Joan Marcus
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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:

Best actor

Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier

Best actress

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

Best director

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

Best revival

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

Special awards

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr

Michael White

 

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