Last night the Royal Opera House hosted the prestigious Olivier Awards which honour the very best talent in the Theatre world.
Big congratulations to friends of NLP – Gypsy, Showstoppers the Musical and Eleanor Lloyd Productions’ ‘Neil Gywnn’ on their wins!!
Dame Judi Dench was undoubtedly the star of the evening as she cemented her position as one of the all-time stage greats when she was awarded her eighth Olivier Award – Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Winters Tale. The 81-year old star, who has also been Oscar-nominated seven times & won in 1998 for Shakespeare In Love, has now won more Oliviers for acting than any other performer!
The Best Actor award was expected to be a two-horse race between Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Rylance but in the end, Kenneth Cranham won for his lead role in french play The Father.
Best Actress was won by Denise Gough for People, Places and Things beating big box office stars Nicole Kidman and Gemma Arterton.
The biggest winner of the night was Gypsy, the revival of the classic 1959 musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee which won four awards in the Musical section including Best Actress for Imelda Stanton.
Kinky Boots won three prizes including Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Actor in a Musical for Matt Henry for his turn as the drag diva Lola.
For a full list of winners, click here.