2009 had been a great year at the theatre and although any award giving body, (for me at least) should not be thought of as a gauge of what one truly enjoyed seeing onstage, but there’s just something about the Oliviers that is irresistible. It was an additional treat that the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) decided to livestream the Olivier Awards so theatre fans will experience the blow-by-blow account of the evening. I particularly enjoyed Anthony Head hosting the event, the performances from some of the nominated musicals, Samantha Spiro winning Best Actress in a Musical and Hello Dolly! for Best Musical Revival, and last but not the least, the major upset win by playwright Katori Hall for The Mountaintop for the Best New Play accolade beating heavy favorites ENRON & Jerusalem.
I was so thrilled that I decided to live tweet the event that it must have annoyed my Twitter followers, but it also gave me a chance to get a few new followers, so thanks for that too. Anyway, if you missed it, scroll down for the winners for the much coveted theatre award of the year and congratulations to all the winners! Looking forward to another wonderful time at the theatre in 2010.
SOLT Special Award- Dame Maggie Smith
Outstanding Achievement- Michael Codron
Best New Musical- SPRING AWAKENING
Best Director- Rupert Goold for ENRON
Best New Play- THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall
Best Musical Revival- HELLO DOLLY!
Best Entertainment- MORECAMBE
Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment- Aneurin Barnard for SPRING AWAKENING
Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment- Samantha Spiro for HELLO DOLLY!
Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Entertainment- Iwan Rheon for SPRING AWAKENING
Best Revival- CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF directed by Debbie Allen
Best New Opera Production- The Royal Opera’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at the Royal Opera House
Outstanding achievement (Opera) – Nina Stemme (Tristan und Isolde)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Eddie Redmayne for RED at the Donmar Warehouse
Best Actress- Rachel Weisz for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar Warehouse
Best Actor- Mark Rylance for JERUSALEM at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and now at the Apollo
Audience Award for Most Popular Show- WICKED
Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Ruth Wilson for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar Warehouse
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre- Royal Court for COCK at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Best New Dance Production- The Brandstrup-Rojo project’s GOLDBERG at the Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Dance- Rambert Dance Company for an outstanding year of new work
Best Theatre Choreographer- Stephen Mear for HELLO DOLLY!
Best New Comedy- THE PRIORY by Michael Wynne at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Best Set Design- JERUSALEM designed by Ultz at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre
Best Costume Design- PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL designed by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner
Best Sound Design- SPRING AWAKENING designed by Brian Ronan
Best Lighting Design- BURNT BY THE SUN designed by Mark Henderson