Curious Incident wins record-tying seven prizes at Oliver Awards 2013

The National Theatre's production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time wins seven prizes at Olivier Awards (Credit: Manuel Harlan)

The National Theatre’s production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time wins seven prizes at Olivier Awards (Credit: Manuel Harlan)

National Theatre production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has dominated this year’s Olivier Awards, picking up seven out of the eight prizes it was nominated for – tying with the record amount of wins secured by Matilda The Musical at last year’s ceremony.

Curious Incident picked up awards for its acting, with accolades for Luke Treadaway as best actor and Nicola Walker as best supporting actress, as well as for its technical aspects, coming away with prizes for best sound design, best set design and best lighting design. It also scooped the top prizes of the night, winning best new play and best director for Marianne Elliott.

Other productions awarded at this year’s ceremony included The Audience, with Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe coming away with prizes for best actress and best supporting actor; Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd, picking up prizes for best musical revival and best actor and actress in a musical for leads Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton; and Top Hat, which received a hat-trick of accolades for best new musical, best costume design and best theatre choreographer.

For the full list of winners, visit www.olivierawards.com

Teaching Drama magazine to host Teachers’ Area at PERFORM

PerformPERFORM, an event for those studying or working in the performing arts industry, is returning to London Olympia for 2013. Brand new for this year, PERFORM will have its own separate venue from its sister event, MOVE IT.

Along with over 60 seminars and workshops, as well as 50 exhibitors in attendance, there is the new addition of a Teachers’ Area – which will be hosted by Teaching Drama magazine.

The Teachers’ Area will enable visitors to come together and network: sharing ideas and tips about teaching drama. The area is intended for drama teachers and practitioners or those who are just starting out in the profession. There will also be a number of free talks to attend from leading professionals in drama teaching.

PERFORM will take place at London Olympia from 8–10 March. To find out more information about the events taking place and to book a ticket to attend, visit www.performshow.co.uk.

Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)Leading figures from the theatre industry have been recognised in 2013’s New Year honours.

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is to receive an OBE for his services to drama, as will Adrian Lester, who will play Othello in Nicholas Hytner’s new production at the National later this year.

Other recipients include: RADA registrar Patricia Myers, for her services to higher education; Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington; theatre producer and chief executive of Nimax theatres, Nica Burns; and Talawa Theatre Company’s artistic director Patricia Cumper.

RSC launch playwriting competition with Tanika Gupta

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has launched a playwriting competition with British playwright Tanika Gupta.

Gupta’s newest work has been a writing collaboration with the RSC. The Empress, set to have its stage debut in April 2013, was written by the Sugar Mummies author and commissioned and developed by the RSC.

The playwriting competition, in its second year, invites applicants to write a 500-word scene. Gupta has written a line of dialogue which applicants must incorporate into their scene: ‘Finally, you will pay for what you did to me.’

Entries will be judged by Gupta, along with a panel of RSC judges, who will be looking for a fresh new voice, skills in dramatic writing, originality, inventive use of language and rhythm.

The winning entrant will receive an experience day at the RSC. The deadline for entries is 30 November 2012, with the winner of first prize announced by 20 December.

Applicants can submit their work by email (nshepherd@cross.com) or by post (N Shepherd, A.T.Cross Ltd, Unit 14 Windmill Trading Estate, Thistle Road, Luton, LU1 3XJ).

For more information visit www.rsc.org.uk/about-us/updates/write-a-scene-with-tanika-gupta.aspx

Olivier awards search for general public judge

The judges of the Olivier awards will be accompanied by a new addition in 2013. Joining the three professionals on the panel, will be a member of the public.

The Society of London Theatre and The Radio Times are looking for a member of the general public to judge either the main theatre awards, the affliliate awards for smaller scale theatres, or the awards for Opera or Dance.

To apply, entrants must list the plays they have seen in 2011 and write a 150 words review of a production. The deadline for applicants is Tuesday 10 January 2012. Those who are successful will be invited to an interview in Covent Garden in January.

The lucky winner will have to attend all productions which are eligible for the category they will be judging – a mammoth year long task that begins in February 2012. The judge and a guest will also be invited to the awards ceremony in London.

To apply for your chance to be a judge visit www.olivierawards.com/about/panellists