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Olivier Awards were a right royal knees-up, but Danny’s in Dyer need of etiquette lessons

Danny Dyer at the Olivier Awards. Photo: Pamela Raith Danny Dyer at the Olivier Awards. Photo: Pamela Raith
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As the UK’s biggest annual celebration of theatre, the Olivier Awards are a very serious matter indeed. Especially this year with the appearance of prestigious royal guest, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Many winners and presenters used their short time on stage as a platform to raise awareness of important industry issues, such as high ticket prices. Some, however, couldn’t resist a more light-hearted approach, with Danny Dyer using his precious time on stage to flirt with the duchess.

Speaking as he presented an award, Dyer called out: “Shout out to the duchess. No Charlie tonight I see. I’ll pop up and see you later.”

But he wasn’t the only one to provide a bit of comic relief, with Company production manager Igor swapping backstage safety for the limelight when he collected an award on behalf of set designer Bunny Christie.

He said: “This is a stark reminder of why I chose a career backstage. Bunny is in New York, so she has asked me to take this bullet for her. It was either this or Countryfile. I’m recording Countryfile.”

Meanwhile playwright Laura Wade used her moment in the spotlight to wish her partner a happy anniversary. She said: “To my wonderful, amazing partner Sam West. We first met each other at the Olivier awards many years ago so I guess this is, in a weird way, happy anniversary.”

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