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    March 22, 2010
  • A fantastic night for Spring Awakening at Olivier Awards

    The rock-musical Spring Awakening seized four awards at the prestigious ceremony last night.

    A fantastic night for Spring Awakening at Olivier Awards
    Spring Awakening scooped four awards at Oliviers

    It received rave reviews when it opened in the West End following a successful run at the Lyric Hammersmith, but unfortunately Spring Awakening was to be short lived. Spring sprung out of town almost as quick as it came on the scene, to the dismay of the theatre scene.

    But last night the musical received the recognition it deserved as two of its young stars, Aneurin Barnard and Iwan Rheon (pictured below), took home Best Actor in a Musical and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical. The two Welsh actors made their stage debuts in the show.

    The musical was also awarded Best New Musical and Best Sound Design for Brian Ronan.

    The star-studded event, hosted by Anthony Head at the Grosvenor House Hotel, also saw Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem loose out to The Mountaintop, a two-hander that premiered at a pub theatre before transferring to the West End's Trafalgar Studios. Butterworth's play, which had previously scooped up a string of other awards, was seen very much as the favourite to win.

    The Mountaintop, written by 28 year old Black American Katori Hall, is set on the night Martin Luther King was assassinated and following its run at Theatre503, was picked up by commercial Producer Sonia Friedman, who also produced Jerusalem. Hall’s play also fought off stiff competition from Lucy Prebble's Enron, the other Royal Court play that was a seen as a front runner.

    Not all was lost for Jerusalem however, with Mark Rylance picking up Best Actor and Best Set Design for Ultz.

    Rachel Weisz picked up Best Actress for A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse, an almost dead-cert and her third major award for her role as Blanche DeBois.

    The all-black production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, which stars James Earl-Jones and Adrian Lester, scooped Best Revival.

    The full list of winners are below:-

    Audience Award for Most Popular Show (as voted for by the users of officiallondontheatre.co.uk)
    Wicked
    Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman at the Apollo Victoria theatre

    Best Actress
    Rachel Weisz
    A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar Warehouse

    Best Actor
    Mark Rylance
    JERUSALEM at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and now at the Apollo theatre

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    Ruth Wilson
    A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar Warehouse

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Eddie Redmayne
    RED at the Donmar Warehouse

    Best Revival
    Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
    Directed by Debbie Allen at the Novello theatre

    Best Entertainment
    Morecambe
    By Tim Whitnall, at the Duchess theatre

    Best New Play
    The Mountaintop
    By Katori Hall at Trafalgar Studio 1

    Best New Comedy
    The Priory
    By Michael Wynne at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

    Best Musical Revival
    Hello Dolly!
    Book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, at the Open Air theatre

    Best New Musical
    Spring Awakening
    Music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, at the Novello theatre

    Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment
    Samantha Spiro
    HELLO DOLLY! at the Open Air theatre

    Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment
    Aneurin Barnard
    SPRING AWAKENING at the Novello theatre

    Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Entertainment
    Iwan Rheon
    SPRING AWAKENING at the Novello theatre

    Best Director
    Rupert Goold
    ENRON at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and now at the Noël Coward theatre

    Best Theatre Choreographer
    Stephen Mear
    HELLO DOLLY! at the Open Air theatre

    Best Lighting Design
    Burnt By The Sun
    Designed by Mark Henderson at the National Theatre, Lyttelton

    Best Set Design
    Jerusalem
    Designed by Ultz at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and now at the Apollo theatre

    Best Costume Design
    Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert – The Musical
    Designed by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner at the Palace theatre

    Best Sound Design
    Spring Awakening
    Designed by Brian Ronan at the Novello theatre

    Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
    The Royal Court for COCK
    Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

    Best New Opera Production
    The Royal Opera's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
    At the Royal Opera House

    Outstanding Achievement in Opera
    Nina Stemme
    For her performance in the Royal Opera's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at the Royal Opera House

    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

    Outstanding Achievement
    Michael Codron

    Special Award
    Maggie Smith

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