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LAURENCE OLIVIER WINNERS’ REMARKS
Kristin Scott Thomas won Best Actress for THE SEAGULL, in which she appeared with Ejiofor at the start of last year. Beaming widely, she noted that “it seems really unfair to play a role Irina Arkadina and then get an award for it. I can’t wait until September when we all get to do it again (in New York).” She also thanked her children and said she wouldn’t have been able to do Arkadina justice if it hadn’t been for her experience raising them. “I’ve been practicing for this role all their lives.”
Collecting the Best Theatre Choreographer for WAR HORSE, Toby Sedgwick neighed loudly into the microphone before translating “that’s thank you very much in horse”. He brayed and twitched in equine fashion throughout his speech and also thanked “two horses that I used to go out and study every day” and particularly one called Tonka who he’d film himself riding while working on the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel.
The most rapturous response to an award announcement was Best Musical Revival. When THE MAGIC FLUTE - IMPEMPE YOMLINGO was named, the 35-strong company – who had earlier performed and were watching from the balcony above the ballroom – broke spontaneously into ecstatic applause and song. “You can see what it’s been like rehearsing this,” declared their director Mark Dornford-May from the stage. Leading lady Pauline Malefane, having danced up the stairs, sang her thanks too, accompanied again by the company from above.
Andrew Lloyd Webber received this year’s Special Award in the same month as he celebrates his 60th birthday. He marvelled at his lifetime of “luck”. “Since I was a child, I wanted to work in musical theatre and to write musicals … I’ve had the luck throughout my life to do the one thing that I’ve always wanted to do”. He declared that musical theatre today is in “vibrant” good health. “If I’ve been any part of this in any small way, that’s enough for me.” He also thanked several individuals who’d played key parts in his career: Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn, Hal Prince and the late designer Maria Bjornsen.
- by Terri Paddock
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