2007 Laurence Olivier Winners Announced SundayDate: 16 February 2007
Winners of the 31st annual Laurence Olivier Awards, London's equivalent of the Tonys and the UK's most prestigious stage awards, are announced this Sunday evening, 18 February 2007 (See News, 18 Jan 2007).
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From 6.30pm on the day, Whatsonstage.com will be reporting live from the event, with details of winners across all 23 categories – the 22 shortlisted below and the annual Special Award given for overall career achievement - announced to you, as they’re announced to the industry guests. In addition to up-to-the-minute results, our multimedia Oliviers coverage will include photo galleries, speech highlights, interactive discussion and in-depth analysis, capturing all of the event’s glitz, glamour and overall buzz.
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This year’s star-studded Oliviers ceremony is hosted by Richard Wilson and Sue Johnston at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, with guest presenters including Elaine Paige, Don Johnson, Kim Cattrall, Claire Sweeney, Samantha Janus, Richard Schiff, Isla Blair, Robert Bathurst, Anne-Marie Duff, Ray Fearon, Alistair McGowan, Sheridan Smith, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tony Hadley and Lorna Luft.
Highlighting the unprecedented number of musicals that arrived in the West End in 2006, the evening’s entertainment will comprise performances from many of this year’s musical nominees and/or nominated productions: the cast of Avenue Q (singing “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”), Lesley Garrett from The Sound of Music (“Climb Every Mountain”), Elena Roger from Evita (“You Must Love Me”), Tonya Pinkins from Caroline, Or Change (“Lot’s Wife”), Hannah Waddingham from Spamalot (“The Diva’s Lament”), Nicola Hughes and Clarke Peters from the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (“Bess, You Is My Woman Now”), and Jenna Russell and Daniel Evans from Sunday in the Park with George (“Move On”).
Who’s in the running?
In terms of nomination tallies, Spamalot reigns with a total of seven nods, more than any other production, in this year’s Oliviers, including Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Role in a Musical (Tim Curry, Hannah Waddingham and Tom Goodman-Hill) and Best New Musical. Fellow transatlantic transfers Wicked and Avenue Q received just five nominations between them. Spamalot’s closest contender in the musicals race is the much smaller-scale revival of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, which transferred from the 150-seat Menier to the West End last summer.
Amongst plays, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the Royal Court’s world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll lead the pack with four Olivier nominations apiece. And, after three seasons, Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic finally makes it onto the Oliviers shortlists, with three nominations for Howard Davies’ revival of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten, including for last year’s Best Actress winner Eve Best, though none for Spacey himself, who headed the cast.
The Laurence Olivier Awards were created in 1976, then called the Society of West End Theatre Awards, to recognise excellence on the London stage. They were rebranded in 1984 when Lord Olivier agreed to have his name associated with them. The occasional field of Best Entertainment is not included in the 2007 Awards. The full list of nominations follows (For full analysis of this year’s nominations: See News, 18 Jan 2007).
How will the decisions of this year’s Olivier judges compare with those of the Evening Standard & Critics’ Circle judges as well as the public’s choices in our own Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards. Tune in on Sunday to find out!
The full list of 2007 Olivier nominations is as follows:
- Eve Best for A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN at The Old Vic
- Iain Glen for THE CRUCIBLE at the Gielgud
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
- Samantha Bond for DONKEYS’ YEARS at the Comedy
BEST NEW PLAY
- BLACKBIRD by David Harrower at the Albery
BEST NEW COMEDY
- John Buchan’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon at the Criterion
- THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller at the Gielgud
BEST NEW MUSICAL
- AVENUE Q music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx at the Noël Coward
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
- CABARET book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the play by John van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood at the Lyric
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
- Nicola Hughes for The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS at the Savoy
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
- Tim Curry for MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT at the Palace
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
- Anna Francolini for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at the Lyttelton
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
- THE CRUCIBLE designed by Jean Kalman at the Gielgud
BEST SET DESIGN
- MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT designed by Tim Hatley at the Palace
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST SOUND DESIGN
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
- PIED PIPER at Theatre Royal, Stratford East for a powerful season of provocative work, reaching new audiences
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
- English National Opera’s JENUFA at the London Coliseum
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
- John Mark Ainsley for his performance in English National Opera’s ORFEO at the London Coliseum
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
- The Royal Ballet’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY at The Royal Opera House
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
- Steven McRae for his performances in The Royal Ballet’s HOMAGE TO THE QUEEN and CHROMA at The Royal Opera House
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