Big night yesterday, April 8th at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the 2018 Mastercard Olivier Awards. A night to celebrate British theatre, dance and musical theatre.
Huge win for Hamilton that brings home seven awards: Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best New Musical, Outstanding Achievement in Musical; plus Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical with Michael Jibson who defeats his co-stars Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September and Frankenstein‘s Ross Noble; Best Theatre Choreographer with Andy Blankenbuehler and Best Actor in a Musical with Giles Terera.
Three awards for The Ferryman starring Dunkirk star Tom Glynn-Carney: Best Actress to Laura Donnelly, Best Director to Sam Mendes and Best New Play.
Only two awards for the outstanding Angels in America starring a marvellous Andrew Garfield: Best Revival and Best Actress in a Supporting Role to Denise Gough.
Two awards also for Girl From the New Country ( Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical to Sheila Atim and Best Actress in a Musical to Shirley Henderson); to Follies ( Best Musical Revival and Best Costume Design to Vicki Mortimer) and to Semiramide (Best New Opera Production and Outstanding Achievement in Opera for Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona).
Best New Dance Production goes to Flight Pattern, Outstanding Achievement in Dance goes to Francesca Velicu; Dick Whitting wins the award for Best Entertainment and Family while the Best New Comedy is Labour of Love.
Bryan Cranston (Network) wins as Best Actor against huge performances like Andrew Garfield‘s Angels in America, Andrew Scott‘s Hamlet and Paddy Considine‘s The Ferryman.
Bertie Carvel is Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink.
Killology wins as Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre while Bob Crowley picks up the award as Best Set Designer for An American in Paris.
A wonderful night with a little bit of disappointment for very important personalities forgotten during the In Memoriam like Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Director of the National Theatre, who passed away on the 11 September 2017. Even if a twitter of apology has been written early this morning; other few names left outside made the dance British world slightly disappointed like the forgotten Scott Ambler, Olivier Nominated Choreographer of Chariots Of Fire and original Prince in Matthew Bourne‘s Swan Lake and Founder Artist Associate of New Adventures.