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The Almeida Theatre was one of the big winners on Sunday night as the theatre scooped eight awards through West End transfers Chimerica and Ghosts at The Oliver Awards 2014.
Chimerica pulled off five awards including Best New Play and Best Director for Lyndsey Turner while Lesley Manville was named Best Actress for her role in Ghosts, which also won Best Revival and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jack Lowden.
The Best New Musical went to new hit The Book of Mormon which also took the Best Actor award for Gavin Creel. However, when it came to classic favourites, it was Les Misérables which won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award as voted for by the public, proving the show still delivers after all these years.
- Amanda Keats
Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.
The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.
Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”
Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, »
- Associated Press
Channel 4 has offered a first look at its gay wedding musical.
The couple have written the music and lyrics for their unusual nuptials, which will include "show-stopping ensembles" from the congregation.
Meanwhile, Jon Snow will sing a news report as part of the special broadcast.
On their wedding, Benjamin and Nathan said: "We've been together for nearly 12 years and never thought we'd get the chance to get married for real.
"Doing what we both do for a living has meant that we've spent our entire lives expressing emotion through song, so getting married in a musical, »
The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 were announced today (Monday 10th March) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman and there is a great variety of talent being recognised this year for their work in theatre.
New musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along lead the nominations for a single production, each receiving seven. Once, The Book Of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys each receive six. The shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – the only Olivier Award voted for by the public – includes firm favourites Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Matilda The Musical and Wicked.
There are also some great film and TV actors included in the nominations this year, with nods for Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Judi Dench.The star-studded Olivier Awards 2014 ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13th April.
- Amanda Keats
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