Rachel Weisz wins best actress at Laurence Olivier Awards
Rachel Weisz has been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award for her acclaimed performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Oscar winning Weisz’s portrayal of fading beauty Blanche DuBois held off Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton and Juliet Stevenson among others to win the Best Actress title.
Weisz’s co-star Ruth Wilson won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her outstanding performance as Stella in the play by Tennessee Williams.
The 28-year-old American playwright Katori Hall, scooped the Best New Play award, with her play The Mountaintop, which follows Martin Luther King the night before his assassination. She is the first black female playwright to win the award.
Rupert Goold, was named the Best Director and was presented his second Olivier, for Enron, about the collapse of the American energy company based.
In what has been described as an exceptionally strong year for revivals, the category for the Best Musical revival had an unprecedented six nominees.
It was won by Debbie Allen’s version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof beating A Streetcar named Desire, A View from the Bridge, The Misanthrope, Arcadia and Three Days of Rain to the award.
Nica Burns, President of the Society of London Theatre said: “The Olivier Awards reflect a year of outstanding creativity and production excellence which brought the public rushing to the theatre taking box office and attendance records to an all-time high.
“The London theatre is a shining light in the continuing recessionary gloom – something we can all be proud of.”
Box office receipts to London theatre topped the half a billion pound mark in 2009, up 7.6 per cent. Over 14 million people attended plays, musicals, opera and dance in the capital.
The Audience Award for the Most Popular Show went to Wicked. Over 60,000 votes were cast for the production about the witches of the Land of Oz, in the only category voted by the public. The show which opened in 2006 at the Apollo Victoria, has been seen by over 2.6 million people.
The Society's Special Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the theatre, was presented to the actress Dame Maggie Smith, by Margaret Tyzach.
The 34th Annual Laurence Olivier Awards, the British equivalent of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, was hosted by the actor Anthony Head last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Winners for the 2010 Laurence Oliver Awards
•Rachel Weisz for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar
•Mark Rylance for JERUSALEM at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court and now at the Apollo
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
•Ruth Wilson for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
•Eddie Redmayne for RED at the Donmar
BEST NEW PLAY
•THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall at Trafalgar Studios 1
BEST NEW COMEDY
•THE PRIORY by Michael Wynne at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
•HELLO DOLLY! book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the play ‘The Matchmaker’ by Thornton Wilder at the Open Air
BEST NEW MUSICAL
•SPRING AWAKENING music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind at the Novello
•MORECAMBE by Tim Whitnall at the Duchess
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT
•Samantha Spiro for HELLO DOLLY! at the Open Air
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT
•Aneurin Barnard for SPRING AWAKENING at the Novello
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT
•Iwan Rheon for SPRING AWAKENING at the Novello
•Rupert Goold for ENRON at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court and now at the Noël Coward
•CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF directed by Debbie Allen at the Novello
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
•Stephen Mear for HELLO DOLLY! at the Open Air
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
•BURNT BY THE SUN designed by Mark Henderson at the Lyttelton
BEST SET DESIGN
•JERUSALEM designed by Ultz at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court and now at the Apollo
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
•PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT- THE MUSICAL designed by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner at the Palace
BEST SOUND DESIGN
•SPRING AWAKENING designed by Brian Ronan at the Novello
THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR SHOW
•WICKED music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman at the Apollo Victoria
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
•The Royal Court for COCK at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
•The Royal Opera’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at the Royal Opera House
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
•Nina Stemme for her performance in the Royal Opera’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at the Royal Opera House
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
•GOLDBERG: THE BRANDSTRUP ROJO PROJECT, ROH2 at the Royal Opera House
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
•Rambert Dance Company for an outstanding year of new work
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SLOT SPECIAL AWARD
•Dame Maggie Smith