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The Book Of Mormon and Chimerica among the Big Winners at the 2014 Olivier Awards

Saturday, 26th Apr 2014

Once and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Also Get a Look-in during the 38th Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House

It was the 38th Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13th April and the night saw an array of shows earn accolades for their hard work. But some took home more awards than others and this year it was The Book of Mormon that landed most of the coveted prizes alongside plays like Chimerica.

The Book Of Mormon, the Broadway musical that opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre last year, picked up the awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography (for Casey Nicholaw), Best Actor in a Musical (Gavin Creel) and Best Performance In A Supporting Role In A Musical (Stephen Ashfield). The production was put together by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, and has turned heads on an international stage. It tells the story of Mormon missionaries who head out to Uganda to spread the word of the Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, only to find that the locals are more concerned with war and disease than religion.

Another big talking point of the night, however, was Chimerica, which picked up the award for Best New Play – a big success for playwright Lucy Kirkwood. It also picked up Best Director (Lyndsey Turner), Best Set Design (Es Devlin), Best Lighting Design (Tim Lutkin – joint with Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’s Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll) and Best Sound Design (Caroline Downing – joint with Merrily We Roll Along’s Gareth Owen). The production ran at the Almeida and the Harold Pinter Theatre.

The Award for Best Actor went to Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, besting out Jude Law, Henry Goodman and Tom Hiddleston, and Best Actress went to Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Trafalgar Studios, beating out Anna Chancellor, Hayley Atwell and Judi Dench.

Best Actress in a Musical went to Zrinka Cvitešić for Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre, whilst Best Musical Revival went to Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Meanwhile, Best New Comedy went to Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

A full list of winners can be found at olivierawards.com 

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