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Olivier Awards 2016: winners’ quotes

Imelda Staunton, winner of best actress in a musical. Photo: Pamela Raith Imelda Staunton, winner of best actress in a musical. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Kenneth-Cranham,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Actor-For-The-Father“I was up for an Olivier 21 years ago. At last I’ve got the bloody thing.”
Kenneth Cranham
Best actor – The Father


Dominic-Cooke,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Revival“It’s great that this show has caught people’s imagination. I hope it contributes towards August Wilson being more recognised in this country. He’s up there with Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams – and deserves to be known as well as them.”
Dominic Cooke, director
Best revival – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Dylan-Emery,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Entertainment-And-Family“No improvised show has ever been nominated for an Olivier, let alone won, so we’re delighted.”
Dylan Emery, creator
Best family entertainment – Showstopper! The Improvised Musical


Adam-Meggido-And-Dylan-Emery,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Entertainment-And-Family“Some people have come to the show 26 or 27 times because it’s different every night. We’re thrilled that people have backed us in that way.”
Adam Meggido, creator
Best family entertainment – Showstopper! The Improvised Musical


Anna-Fleishle,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Blue-I-Theatre-Technology-Award-For-Best-Set-Desi“I’m always happy when audiences like things. I don’t mind not always getting the credit for it, because it’s teamwork. Design is still looked at as something that is creating a pretty background, and it’s much more than that.”
Anna Fleischle
Best set design – Hangmen


Tom-Gibbons,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Sound-Design-For-People,-Places-And-Things“It’s fantastic to accept this on behalf of Matthew Herbert, who did the music – his name should also be on this award. I’m glad to support such a fantastic cast. It really is an ensemble show.”
Tom Gibbons
Best sound design – People, Places and Things


Kasper-Holten,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-New-Opera-Production-For-Cavalleria-Rustican“A lot of people are prejudiced about opera, so for us to remind people that opera is fantastic musical theatre is important – to make people curious about opera.”
Kasper Holten, Royal Opera House director of opera
Best new opera production – Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci


Martin-Fitzpatrick-On-Behalf-Of-ENO-Chorus-And-Orchestra,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Outsta“It’s been a tough few months and this should be a great boost for [the chorus] at a time when they’re feeling unloved. I see both sides of the argument. What’s really important is that ENO flourishes in the future, and I firmly believe that the management and the chorus want that very fervently.”
Martin Fitzpatrick, head of music, English National Opera
Outstanding achievement in opera – English National Opera chorus and orchestra


Mark-Gatiss,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Actor-In-A-Supporting-Role-For-Three-Days-In-T“It sounds like a cliche, but I read the play and I thought: I’ve got to do that. It made me cry; it made me laugh.”
Mark Gatiss
Best supporting actor – Three Days in the Country


Judi-Dench,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Actress-In-A-Supporting-Role-For-The-Winters-Ta“I made a bet [against winning] with my grandson and I’ve got to pay up now. Acting with Ken Branagh feels absolutely wonderful, and I had the most terrific time doing the season.”
Judi Dench
Best supporting actress – The Winter’s Tale


Pat-Kinevane-And-Fishamble,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Outstanding-Achievement-In-An-Affili“We were delighted to come to the Soho Theatre for three weeks, so we just got our heads down and did the work. We had no idea that anyone was assessing us. We were blown away to get a nomination – this is mad.”
Pat Kinevane, performer
Achievement in an affiliate theatre – Fishamble, Silent


Sally-Roger-On-Behalf-Of-Martin-McDonagh-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Virgin-Atlantic-Best-Ne“It’s the only script I’ve ever read where I had a physical reaction, My heart started pounding. Even in the rehearsal room there was a sense of responsibility for delivering this amazing script. It was the most focused rehearsal period.”
Sally Rogers, actor, on behalf of Martin McDonagh
Best new play – Hangmen


Denise-Gough-On-The-Red-Carpet-For-The-Olivier-Awards-2016-With-MasterCard-2“Our audience is the most diverse – and the youngest. How brilliant to be doing a play in the West End that people really want to see, not because it’s got someone famous in it.”
Denise Gough
Best actress – People, Places and Things


Jessica-Swale,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-New-Comedy-For-Nell-Gwynn“To have a play about a woman – arguably a forgotten woman in theatre – be put right back centre stage feels like a real moment. I feel like tonight is a really good night for women in theatre.”
Jessica Swale, playwright
Best new comedy – Nell Gwynn


Ben-Forster-And-Emmi-Christensson,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Magic-Radio-Audience-Award-Fo“We owe this award to everyone that’s been involved in Phantom of the Opera for three decades.”
Ben Forster, performer
Audience Award – The Phantom of the Opera


Wayne-McGregor,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-New-Dance-Production-For-Woolf-Works“Ballet has been a very young person’s art form so with Woolf Works it was amazing to see a body with experience and maturity that many of the audience could empathise with.”
Wayne McGregor, choreographer
Best new dance production – Woolf Works


Alessandra-Ferri,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Oustanding-Achievement-In-Dance-For-Her-Perfor“I stopped dancing nine years ago and I thought it was all over. Woolf Works was such an amazing work. I felt that in an innovative way, Wayne was able to convey the emotional world of Virginia Woolf.”
Alessandra Ferri
Outstanding achievement in dance – Woolf Works and Cheri


Tristan-Baker-And-Paul-Tayor-Mills,-Winners-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Autograph-Sound-Award-For-O“Our show that started at Southwark Playhouse has just won an Olivier. It’s a message to trust your instincts and take a risk. It moved us so much that we knew we had to do it.”
Paul Taylor-Mills, producer
Outstanding achievement in music – In the Heights


Drew-McOnie,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Theatre-Choreographer-For-In-The-Heights“When I was asked to do this show I said no three times because I was scared of it. I’m so glad that I did. Seeing it go from strength to strength is thrilling.”
Drew McOnie
Best theatre choreographer – In the Heights


Robert-Icke,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Director-For-Oresteia“Rupert Goold put Oresteia on sale before there was even a script. Being given permission to rewrite the Oresteia is the really extraordinary thing. This [award] is the icing. It’s glorious icing – but it’s icing.”
Robert Icke
Best director – Oresteia


Michael-Harrison-On-Behalf-Of-Mark-Henderson,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-White-Light-Award-“[This was the] perfect marriage of something artistically brilliant and commercially successful.”
Michael Harrison, producer
Best revival – Gypsy


Imelda-Staunton,-winner-of-the-Olivier-Award-for-Best-Actress-in-a-Musical-for-Gypsy“Every night we went out and wanted to do a better show than the night before. Stephen Sondheim really is the Shakespeare of musical theatre and I got to sing his speeches every night, and that’s got to make you better, hasn’t it?”
Imelda Staunton
Best actress in a musical – Gypsy


Matt-Henry,-winner-of-the-Olivier-Award-for-Best-Actor-in-a-Musical-for-Kinky-Boots“I can’t wait to go to work tomorrow, the show is going to be electrifying. It’s one of the hardest jobs I’ve done, so it’s wonderful to win and to have the whole creative team around me.”
Matt Henry
Best actor in a musical – Kinky Boots


David-Bedella,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Actor-In-A-Supporting-Role-In-A-Musical-For-“I feel relieved, to be honest with you. It’s so lovely to receive attention for such a quiet and introspective character. It’s not for singing, dancing, kicking my heels, jazz hands, glitter, eyelashes – it’s for just being a dad.”
David Bedella
Best supporting actor in a musical – In the Heights


Lara-Pulver,-Winner-Of-The-Olivier-Award-For-Best-Actress-In-A-Supporting-Role-In-A-Musical-For-“What’s extraordinary is that three generations of people didn’t know Gypsy. A lot of them were hearing the story for the first time, so it will hopefully stay with them because it will definitely stay with me.”
Lara Pulver
Best supporting actress in a musical – Gypsy


Daryl-Roth-and-Hal-Luftig,-winners-of-the-Olivier-Award-for-MasterCard-Best-New-Musical-for-Kink“This is everything we dreamed of, because the show takes place in Northampton and is a British story. There are shows that are successful in New York but not in London. We are so happy that that has not happened. There is something about live interaction that will never be replicated in movies or video games. Theatre is always going to be special.”
Hal Luftig, producer
Best new musical – Kinky Boots

All pictures by Pamela Raith

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