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.

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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.
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