Matilda the Musical sweeps Olivier Awards with record win

The Olivier Awards saw RSC production, Matilda the Musical, come away with a record seven wins, including prizes for best new musical, best director and best set and sound design.

The four girls who share the lead role in Matilda (Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington-Cox) won the coveted award for best actress in a musical. The youngest of the trio, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, aged ten, said: ‘It’s pretty cool – and scary – but also awesome. I just hope the next person to follow in my footsteps feels as honoured as I do.’ This was not the first instance of a prize being awarded in this capacity – the teenage actors who alternated in the role of Billy Elliot, were awarded with a joint honour of an Olivier award for best actor in a musical in 2006.

Teaching Drama cover star Bertie Carvel was awarded for his portrayal of headmistress Miss Trunchbull, with a prize for best actor in a musical. Carvel is set to step down from the role this July, with his successor yet to be announced.

While the RSC made Olivier award winning history, it was a mixed bag for The National Theatre. John Hodge’s Collaborators was awarded the prize for best new play. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were named best actor for their roles in Frankenstein. However, runaway hit One Man, Two Guvnors, for which James Corden was nominated as best actor, came away with nothing.

Open Air Theatre had reason to celebrate, as their production, Crazy for You, won best musical revival. Director, Timothy Sheader, who appeared in Teaching Drama summer 1, has now completed his hat-trick of musical revival awards, winning last year for Into the Woods and Hello Dolly! the year before that. Sheader said: ‘It’s quite unbelievable but amazing. It feels slightly greedy! I don’t think we can even look at the nominations list next year; we’ve had our turn that’s it.’

The ceremony, in its 36th year, took place at The Royal Opera House. The awards were screened on the BBC’s red button service and online. Events also took place in Covent Garden and New York to celebrate the awards.

www.olivierawards.com/2012-awards

Olivier Awards 2012 – The nominations


Teaching Drama 
was invited to The Mayfair Hotel by The Olivier Awards to hear them reveal this year’s nominees. 2011 winners, Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam, were in attendance to announce this year’s shortlist.

The RSC’s Matilda The Musical is this year’s frontrunner having secured ten nominations in categories for sound design, lighting, costume, set and choreography. Bertie Carvel, who has been starring as Miss Trunchbull, has been nominated for best actor in a musical and the Matildas were also nominated for best actress in a musical.

Ghost The Musical received five nods for categories in design and for best new musical. Singin’ In The Rain also came away with nods for best actress in a musical for Scarlett Strallen and best musical revival, where it will have to beat out Crazy for you, South Pacific and The Wizard of Oz. 

James Cordon was nominated for best actor for The National’s One Man, Two Guvnors. He will have to battle it out for the title against big screen stars, Jonny Lee Miller for Frankenstein and Jude Law for Anna Christie. Celia Imrie, from Noises Off , has been nominated for best actress along with Kristin Scott Thomas for her role in Betrayal.  

The Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday 15 April at the Royal Opera House. The ceremony will be available to watch through the BBC’s red button service and also broadcast on BBC Radio 2. The Olivier Awards have also organised a Covent Garden Piazza event. The public will be able to see performances from some of London’s shows and watch the ceremony unfold live on a big screen relay.

To watch the nominations, visit the webcast here.
For more information visit www.olivierawards.com

Whatsonstage Awards crown 2012 winners

The Prince of Wales Theatre played host to the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards on 19 February. The awards were hosted by former Legally Blonde The Musical star Sheridan Smith, QI panellist Alan Davies and comedian Jenny Eclair.

Matilida The Musical was the big winner of the evening, taking away four awards, including best new musical. Lyricist Tim Minchin was also named as The Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year. Teaching Drama magazine’s former cover star Bertie Carvel was nominated for best actor in a musical for his role as Miss Trunchbull, but was beaten to the award by former Coronation Street actor Richard Fleeshman for Ghost The Musical. 

The National Theatre were successful in securing a number of awards for its productions for the past season. Artistic director for this summer’s Olympic Games, Danny Boyle, was named best director for Frankenstein. Catherine Tate was named best supporting actress for Season’s Greetings, and One Man, Two Guvnors came away with best new comedy, best supporting actor for Oliver Chris and best actor for James Corden. The hit play will transfer to Broadway in April.

Smaller scale productions were also honoured with The Tricycle’s timely production of The Riots awarded best off-West End play. Ben Brown was won best new play for Three Days in May at Trafalgar Studios.

Whatsonstage claim that they are ‘the only major prize-giving event for the theatre industry voted for purely by the ticket-buying public.’ This year they estimated that 70,000 people voted for the prizes.

For the full list of winners visit Whatsonstage Awards.

 

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We speak to our cover star, Matilda the Musical‘s Miss Trunchbull – Bertie Carvel

We find out about Republic of Ireland’s brand new drama school – The Lir

And we review hit productions – Noises Off and Propeller’s Henry V

 

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Theatre Awards UK 2011

Bertie Carvel in Matilda the Musical - winner of Best Performance in a Musical

Yesterday saw the Theatrical Management Association’s 2011 Theatre Awards UK take place at the Banqueting House, Whitehall. The awards, which were relaunched this year, honoured all aspects of the theatre world, from those on stage to the people excelling in the management and promotion of the theatres themselves.

The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre was awarded to Sir Peter Hall in recognition of his remarkable and immeasurable influence upon the shape of modern British theatre. The RSC’s Matilda the Musical – just about to start its run in London’s West End – received two awards – that of Best Performance in a Musical for Bertie Carvel playing Miss Trunchbull (pictured) and Best Musical Production.

Other successes included Edward Hall’s Propeller Productions, who were awarded Best Touring Production for Richard III and The Comedy of Errors, and Michael Sheen (currently starring as Hamlet at the Young Vic) who won the category of Best Director jointly with Bill Mitchell for their work on National Theatre Wales’ production of The Passion.

The award for Best Show for Children and Young People went to White, a Catherine Wheels production, which showed at Theatre Royal, Bath. The production is currently being performed in New York.

The Lyric, Hammersmith were recognised for the Achievement in Marketing, and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East were named Most Welcoming Theatre.