Come From Away, Company and The Inheritance among big Olivier Award winners

Olivier Awards

Company, Come From Away and The Inheritance were the big winners at this year’s Olivier Awards, taking home four gongs each from the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.

Come From Away, which currently runs at the Phoenix Theatre, won the awards for best new musical, outstanding achievement in music, best theatre choreographer for Kelly Devine and the award for best sound design (Gareth Owen).

After its final performance at the Gielgud Theatre last weekend, Company won the award for best musical revival, best set design, and Jonathan Bailey and Patti LuPone won the awards for best actor and actress in a supporting role in a musical respectively.

Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance was the best-winning play of the evening, winning awards for best new play, best director (Stephen Daldry), best lighting design (Jon Clark) and Kyle Soller won the award for best actor.

In the other acting categories, Patsy Ferran won the award for best actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (which also won best revival), Sharon D Clarke took home best actress in a musical for her part in Caroline, or Change, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who plays Ike Turner in Tina the Musical, won best actor in a musical.

Monica Dolan won best actress in a supporting role for playing Karen in All About Eve, Chris Walley who dropped out of drama school for his part in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, won best actor in a supporting role.

With the exceptions of Clarke and LuPone, all the acting categories were won by actors who had been nominated for the first time this year.  

Elsewhere, Catharine Zuber won the award for best costumer design for The King and I at the London Palladium, Laura Wade’s Home I’m Darling, currently playing the Duke of York’s, won best new comedy, and the Old Vic’s A Monster Calls won best entertainment and family.

In the dance categories, Blkdog by Botis Seva won the award for best new dance production, while  Akram Khan’s performance in Xenos at Sadler’s Wells earned him an award for outstanding achievement in dance.

Best new opera production was awarded to Katya Kabanova, while the ensemble of Porgy and Bess won outstanding achievement in opera.

Following performances from all the nominated musicals of the evening, as well as renditions of the national anthem and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” from Cats by Beverly Knight, the evening ended with a performance of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, after the choreographer was given the special award by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Hosted by Jason Manford, presenters on the evening included Tom Hiddleston, Kelsey Grammer, Sally Field, Danny Dyer, Bill Pullman, Richard E Grant and Gloria Estefan.

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