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Sam Mendes’ ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ Leads Olivier Award Noms

olivier awardsThe Sam Mendes-directed West End musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which recently extended its run to May 20, 2015, tied today with the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along to lead the list of Olivier Award nominees with seven each. Charlie grabbed mentions in the Best Actor in a Musical category for Douglas Hodge as well as Best New Musical, among others. The show, from Warner Bros Theatrical Ventures, has twice broken records during its run for the highest weekly gross sales. The other Best New Musical nominees include Once, The Book Of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys; each received six nominations. In the acting categories, Tom Hiddleston is cited for his lead turn in Coriolanus and Jude Law for his take on Henry V. Judi Dench in Peter And Alice, is up against Hayley Atwell, Anna Chancellor and Lesley Manville for Best Actress. The Olivier Awards ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Opera House on April 13. Click over for a full list of nominations: Read More »

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Helen Mirren Crowned Best Actress At 2013 Olivier Awards

By | Sunday April 28, 2013 @ 2:11pm PDT

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time was the big winner at Sunday night’s Olivier Awards, the British theater’s highest honor. The drama took seven prizes, tying the record set by last year’s Matilda The Musical. Among the wins for The Curious Incident were best new play, best actor for Luke Treadaway, best supporting actress for Nicola Walker and best director for Marianne Elliott. Helen Mirren was crowned best actress for playing Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s drama The Audience. (Mirren won an Oscar for playing Elizabeth in Stephen Frears’ Morgan-scripted The Queen in 2006.) Richard McCabe was best supporting actor for The Audience. Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton won best actor and actress for the revival of musical Sweeney Todd and Top Hat was named best new musical. See below for the full list of winners:
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Olivier Awards Nominees Include Helen Mirren, James McAvoy

Nominees for the 2013 Olivier Awards, Britain’s answer to the Tonys, include a host of well-known names. Helen Mirren is nominated for Best Actress for playing Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Daldry’s The Audience. No stranger to the role, Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth in Stephen Frears’ 2006 feature The Queen. And just to keep things in the family, Oscar-nominated Queen scribe Peter Morgan also scripted Audience. James McAvoy, tackling Macbeth for the first time, is nominated for Best Actor in his well-reviewed turn. Also among the nominees are Rupert Everett as Best Actor in The Judas Kiss; Kristin Scott Thomas as Best Actress for Old Times; and Imelda Staunton as Best Actress in a Musical for Sweeney Todd. The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads all nominations with eight, followed by Top Hat with seven and Sweeney Todd with six. The prizes will be handed out April 28 at London’s Royal Opera House. Click over for a full list of nominees:

James McAvoy Takes Title Role Of ‘Macbeth’
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‘Legally Blonde’ Dominates Olivier Awards

By | Sunday March 13, 2011 @ 2:59pm PDT

Sheridan Smith has won Best Musical Actress for her performance in Legally Blonde: The Musical at tonight’s 35th Olivier Awards in London. The stage version of the MGM comedy also won Best New Musical, while Jill Halfpenny won Best Supporting Musical Performance.

Britain’s state-backed National Theatre swept the board with seven wins across two productions. Thea Sharrock’s production of After the Dance won four awards for Best Revival, Best Actress for Nancy Carroll, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Adrian Scarborough and Best Costume Design. Howard Davies picked up Best Director for his production of The White Guard, which also won Best Lighting and Best Set Design.

Presenters at this year’s show, held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, included Patrick Stewart, Matthew Fox (Lost), Rupert Everett, James Purefoy and Jonny Lee Miller. Those in the audience included Derek Jacobi, Tamsin Grieg and Joan Plowright. Here are the winners:

Stephen Sondheim

Nancy Carroll for AFTER THE DANCE
at the Lyttelton

Roger Allam for HENRY IV PARTS 1 & 2
at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Michelle Terry for TRIBES
at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court

Adrian Scarborough for AFTER THE DANCE
at the Lyttelton

CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris
at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court

at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre


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SOLT Picks Julian Bird As CEO

By | Tuesday June 22, 2010 @ 7:40am PDT

Theatre CurtainsThe Tate’s current chief operating officer will replace Richard Pulford as chief executive of the Society of London Theatre in November. Right at the top of Bird’s in-box will be trying to get the Olivier theatre awards on TV. This year’s awards had Keira Knightley and Rachel Weisz preening on the red carpet – not that you’d have known about it. Sunday opening and tax breaks for theatre investment will also be on his to-do list – although anything which costs the government money is going to be Julian_Birddifficult sell in this climate. The incoming CEO will also have a difficult juggling act trying to ensure SOLT is not just the plaything of theatre owners but represents producers too. Bird, who has been with Tate for the past three years, has also served on the board of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.

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