Last night the 40th Olivier Awards ceremony took place and musical revival, Gypsy took home a cacophony of trophies, together with new musical, Kinky Boots. There were amazing performances from Tracie Bennett and Emma Williams in an excerpt from Mrs Henderson Presents, the cast of Guys and Dolls rocked the stage while trying not to rock the boat, not forgetting Imelda Staunton, who opened the show in simply glorious fashion as Madame Rose and to a standing ovation.
Downton Abbey cast members swelled the presenting team, with Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael and Paul Copley handing over the some of the awards. Michael Ball presided over the ceremony at the splendid Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Mr Ball was on top form as usual, ‘complaining’ about his lack of casting in some of the nominated shows with superb tongue in cheek humour.
Winners included the ever popular Phantom of the Opera for the Audience Award, Dame Judi Dench for Best Supporting Actress in A Winter’s Tale and Mark Gatiss won Best Supporting Actor for Three Days in the Country. Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical were hotly contended categories, where David Bedella and Lara Pulver triumphed for In The Heights and Gypsy, respectively.
Exceedingly popular choices were winners, Matt Henry for Best Actor in A Musical for Kinky Boots and predicted winner, Imelda Staunton for Best Actress in a Musical for Gypsy. Unsurprisingly and fittingly, Kinky Boots also took Best New Musical, while Gypsy won Best Musical Revival.
A line-up of 15 past Olivier winning actresses took to the stage to finish the evening with a rendition of What I Did For Love from A Chorus Line, among them such national treasures as Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall and Nichola McAuliffe.
Looking forward to next year at Royal Albert Hall!
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