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2014 Olivier Awards: Book Of Mormon Among Big Winners, Les Miserables Gets Yet Another Gong

By James Inverne j.inverne@classicalite.com on Apr 14, 2014 11:57 AM EDT

The 2014 Olivier Awards have been announced. For some reason, the London ceremony, this year held at the Royal Opera House, manages--despite all the "best of" bits from musicals (some of them performed live in the Covent Garden Plaza) and some imaginative use of the auditorium--to be so much less enjoyable than the corresponding Tonys in New York.

I think it has to do with the natural outgoing nature of Americans, also there are still pacing issues with the London event (there always were), quite a few of the speeches were simply dull lists of thank yous, and the Tonys is just a lot bigger in terms of media attention, general glitz and, of course, budget.

Anyway, though, here are the main winners for 2014. Big night for Ghosts and Chimerica from the Almeida, and for Book of Mormon...

Best New Musical - The Book of Mormon

Best Actress in a Musical - Zrinka Cvitesic for Once

Best Actor in a Musical - Gavin Creel for The Book of Mormon

Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Stephen Ashfield for The Book of Mormon

Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music - Once

Best Director - Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica

Best Theatre Choreographer - Casey Nicholaw for The Book of Mormon

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre - Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Opera - English Touring Opera for its touring productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Best New Opera Production - Verdi's Les Vepres Siciliennes, at the Royal Opera House

Best Musical Revival - Merrily We Roll Along

Best New Comedy - Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense

BBC Radio 2 - Les Miserables

American Airlines Best New Play - Chimerica

Best Actress - Lesley Manville for Ghosts

Best Actor - Rory Kinnear for Othello

Outstanding Achievement in Dance - Michael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz -- The Talent

Best New Dance Production - Eastman

XL Video Award for Best Set Design - Es Devlin for Chimerica

Best Costume Design - Mark Thompson for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Best Entertainment & Family - The Wind In The Willows

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Sharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Jack Lowden for Ghosts

Best Revival - Ghosts

Special awards went to the great impresario Michael White (the man behind The Rocky Horror Show, Oh! Calcutta!, Sleuth, the London versions of A Chorus Line and Annie and the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and to the National Theatre team Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr.

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TagsThe Book of Mormon, Olivier Awards, Covent Garden, Les Miserables, Almeida, National Theatre