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Olivier Awards: 'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' Among Winners
"Ghosts" took prizes for best revival, best actress, for Lesley Manville, and best supporting actor, for Jack Lowden.
LONDON -- Jude Law, Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell were among the famous faces who missed out on adding to their trophy cabinets at this year’s Olivier Awards, held on Sunday night at the U.K. capital’s Royal Opera House to an audience of stars from stage and screen.
Law and Hiddleston were competing for awards in the best actor category for their performances in Henry V and Coriolanus, respectively. But they lost on the night to Rory Kinnear for his portrayal of Iago in Othello. Meanwhile, Dench was nominated for best actress for Peter and Alice alongside Atwell (The Pride), but the judges went for Lesley Manville, star of Ghosts.
Other victors included Lyndsey Turner, who won best director for Chimerica, which also took home best new play, and Casey Nicholaw, who picked up best theater choreographer for The Book of Mormon. Matt Parker and Trey Stone’s musical comedy was among the evening’s big winners, picking up four awards from six nominations, including best new musical. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Warner Bros-backed musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic, took two of its seven nominations, for best lighting and best costume design.
In the best new comedy category, making a welcome return to the Oliviers for the first time since 2010, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense scooped the gong, while Les Miserables won the BBC Radio 2 audience award for the second time.
High-profile guests on the night included Martin Freeman, James McAvoy, Kristen Davis, Kate Moss, Mark Strong and Gemma Arterton, who co-hosted the ceremony with Episodes star Stephen Mangan. Performances came from the nominated musicals, while the show was brought to a close with a rare duet from ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus to help celebrate Mamma Mia’s 15-year anniversary on London’s West End.
New Play: Chimerica
New Musical: The Book of Mormon
New Comedy: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
Entertainment: The Wind in the Willows
Musical Revival: Merrily We Roll Along
Actress-Play: Lesley Manville, Ghosts
Actor-Play: Rory Kinnear, Othello
Actress-Musical: Zrinka Cvitesic, Once
Actor-Musical: Gavin Creel, The Book of Mormon
Supporting Actor-Play: Jack Lowden, Ghosts
Supporting Actress-Play: Sharon D. Clarke, The Amen Corner
Supporting Performer-Musical: Stephen Ashfield, The Book Of Mormon
Director: Lyndsey Turner, Chimerica
Theater Choreography: Casey Nicholaw, The Book Of Mormon
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Martin Lowe, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Once
New Opera Production: Les Vepres Siciliennes, Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Opera: English Touring Opera
New Dance Production: Puz/zle at Sadler's Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Michael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz — The Talent at Sadler's Wells
Set Design: Es Devlin, Chimerica
Lighting Design: (tie) Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross, Chimerica; Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sound Design: (tie) Carolyn Downing, Chimerica; Gareth Owen, Merrily We Roll Along
Costume Design: Mark Thompson, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Audience Award for Most Popular Show: Les Miserables
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theater: Handbagged, Tricycle Theatre
Special Awards: Michael White; Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr
Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.