Olivier Awards: 'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' Among Winners

Associated Press
Lesley Manville

"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.

Winners list: 

New Play: Chimerica

New Musical: The Book of Mormon

New Comedy: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Entertainment: The Wind in the Willows

Revival: Ghosts

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.