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

Nominations for Olivier Awards 2013 revealed

The National Theatre's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time receives eight nominations (Credit: Manuel Harlan)

The National Theatre’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time receives eight nominations (Credit: Manuel Harlan)

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2013 have been announced, with the National Theatre’s A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time leading with eight nominations.

The adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel has received nominations for best theatre choreographer, best set, sound and lighting design, best director for Marianne Elliott, best supporting actress for Nicola Walker, best actor for lead Luke Treadaway and best new play.

Musical Top Hat was another popular choice for this year’s awards receiving seven nominations, including best actor and best actress in a musical nods for Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen.

High profile actors from the big and small screen featured heavily: in the best actress category Helen Mirren has been nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, Kristin Scott Thomas for her role in Old Times and Billie Piper for her part in Lucy Prebble’s The Effect. The nominees for best actor include Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss, Mark Rylance for his turn as Olivia in Twelfth Night and James McAvoy in the Trafalgar Studio’s production of Macbeth.

The awards ceremony will take place on 28 April at the Royal Opera House.

For the full list of nominations, visit www.olivierawards.com/nominations

National Youth Theatre receives emergency grant from Arts Council

A grant of £200,000 has been given to the National Youth Theatre (NYT) by the Arts Council to ensure the charity’s future is secure. NYT has struggled to meet this year’s fundraising targets like many theatre companies and arts organisations.

An Arts Council spokesperson said: ‘NYT has seen unprecedented growth in the last year, but unfortunately this has not been matched by its income, resulting in some financial difficulties for the charity.’

‘In recognition of the excellence of the work and importance of the NYT both to young people and the theatre sector as a whole, we have awarded a grant of £200,000 to enable it to meet current financial commitments.’

The Arts Council made it clear that this ‘extraordinary grant’ would be ‘conditional’, based on the changes that would need to be made to NYT’s operation to make it financially sustainable.

The National Youth Theatre was established in 1956 and claims that it was the ‘first youth theatre in the world’. Alumni include Helen Mirren, Colin Firth and Daniel Craig.

A spokesman for NYT said: ‘NYT, like many arts charities, is operating in a challenging economic climate and is currently experiencing some financial constraints. The Board and management are working closely with NYT’s major funders, including Arts Council England, to resolve these issues.’

The spokesman also noted that any students involved in any NYT activities this summer had no reason for concern about the developments: ‘National Youth Theatre’s summer acting and technical courses will not be affected by the current situation in any way. We’re looking forward to welcoming 500 new talented young people, from across the country, into our company this summer.’

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