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The Olivier Award Winners

The year of 2010 saw the 34th annual Olivier Awards Ceremony. According to the statistics, over 80,000 people tuned in to watch this year’s broadcast of the Olivier Awards, making it one of the most high profile and most viewed ceremonies of the recent years.

As usual, many of the most well known names of the West End picked up even more Olivier awards to add to their collection, this includes people such as Mark Rylance, who won the Best Actor award for this performance in Jerusalem and Samantha Spiro who won the Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment award for her performance in Hello, Dolly! Both of these well known actors picked up the second Olivier Awards of their careers. Although we saw this, the night saw many new actors’ also winning awards, a lot of these being quite young and youthful actors with very little experience.

One of the most surprising win at the ceremony was from play writer Katori Hall, whose play The Mountaintop actually beat the favourite, Jez Butterworths Jerusalem to go on and win the award for Best New Play. An excited Katori Hall, shortly after collecting her award said ““I am just honoured to be at the table, they are writers that I absolutely admire and look up to and to be a 28-year-old woman and doing this, winning this award, is amazing. London has treated me well.” Katori Hall will also go down in history as the first black female playwright to win an Olivier Award.

Another couple of newcomers that managed to win an award at this year’s ceremony were Aneurin Barnard and Iwan Rheon, both of these won the award for their debuts in Spring Awakening. They too beat the favourites to the award as did Katori Hall, favourites included many more experienced and well known actors and actresses such as Sheila Hancock, Alexander Hanson and Rowan Atkinson.

Another young playwright, Mike Bartlett also won an award for his play Cock at the Royal Court. He said “I know I wrote the play, but what matters is that you’ve got to work together, and everyone worked together really well and it was brilliant, that’s what theatre is, its collaboration.”

While the ceremony saw many talented British Actors and Actresses pick up awards, there were also many winners from across the Atlantic. The Broadway transfer of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof won the award for Best Revival, while the short lived musical Spring Awakening, which also originated on Broadway, managed to pick up four awards, including the award for Best New Musical.

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Published: 13/05/2010 08:49:16