Judi Dench wins record-breaking eighth prize at Olivier Awards 2016
Judi Dench has won her eighth Olivier award at this year’s ceremony – the highest number ever received by one performer.
Overall, Gypsy picked up the most prizes for a single production, taking home four accolades.
Dench, who has previously won six acting Oliviers and a special award, was named best supporting actress for The Winter’s Tale.
Speaking to reporters after collecting her award, Dench said she was “rather overcome” by the win, adding: “I didn’t expect it. And I made a bet [against winning] with my grandson and I’ve got to pay up now.”
The ceremony also saw acting wins for Kenneth Cranham, Denise Gough and Mark Gatiss.
Imelda Staunton won best actress in a musical for Gypsy, which originated at Chichester Festival Theatre before transferring to the Savoy Theatre.
Gypsy also picked up prizes for best musical revival, best lighting design – by Mark Henderson – and best actress in a supporting role in a musical, which was won by Lara Pulver.
Gough won best actress for People, Places and Things, beating Gemma Arterton, Nicole Kidman, Janet McTeer and Lia Williams to the prize.
Cranham’s performance in The Father won him the best actor prize, beating Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Rylance, Adrian Lester and Kenneth Branagh.
In the supporting actor category, Mark Gatiss won for Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, also at the National, won best revival, beating Hamlet at the Barbican, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse and The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre.
Robert Icke was named best director for Oresteia at Trafalgar Studios.
Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen won best new play, while best new comedy was won by Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale.
Kinky Boots was named best new musical, while its leading man Matt Henry picked up best actor in a musical.
Best supporting actor in a musical was won by David Bedella for In the Heights, which also saw Drew McOnie win for best theatre choreography. In addition, the show, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, picked up the award for outstanding achievement in music.
Anna Fleische picked up the best set design award for Hangmen, while best sound design was won by Tom Gibbons for People, Places and Things, and best costume design went to Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical won the best entertainment and family award at the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Opera House in London.
Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works, which ran at the ROH, won best new dance production, which Alessandra Ferri winning the outstanding achievement in dance award for her performance in the show, as well as in Cheri.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, also at the ROH won best new opera production, while the English National Opera chorus won the award for outstanding achievement in opera for performances in The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtensk and The Queen of Spades, all at the London Coliseum.
The outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre was won by Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre, while The Phantom of the Opera won the publicly voted audience award.
This story was updated on April 5
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