The winners of the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard were announced in a special ITV programme filmed at The London Palladium, and on Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel.
The presentation was hosted by Jason Manford and honoured Ian McKellen with his seventh Olivier Award for his 8oth Birthday tour, as well as lyricist Don Black, who received his Special Award from Lord Lloyd Webber and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who gave an impassioned speech about the importance and resilience of theatre.
It was a night where both youth and experience triumphed, with many winning their first Olivier Award, while choreographer Matthew Bourne won his ninth, crowning him the individual with the most Olivier Awards. Bourne won Best Theatre Choreographer alongside Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins, while Bob Crowley won his third Best Set Design Olivier for the musical.
Best Actress went to Sharon D. Clarke for her performance in the Young Vic’s Death Of A Salesman. In 2020, the actress became the first person to be nominated in all four performing categories and she has now won in three of them. The production also received further accolades, with Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell winning the Sir Peter Hall Best Director Award.
Present Laughter at The Old Vic won two awards, with Andrew Scott winning Best Actor and Indira Varma winning Best Supporting Actress, her first Olivier Award.
The Jamie Lloyd Company won Cunard Best Revival for its production of Cyrano De Bergerac, directed by Jamie Lloyd and starring James McAvoy at the Playhouse Theatre.
Brand new musicals Dear Evan Hansen and & Juliet each took home three awards. Dear Evan Hansen won the Mastercard Best New Musical Award and the composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, together with orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, won Best Original Score or New Orchestrations.
This was a year to celebrate new talent, with Best Actor in a Musical going to Sam Tutty in his first leading role and Miriam-Teak Lee winning Best Actress in a Musical for & Juliet. She was joined by castmates Cassidy Janson, who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, and David Bedella, who received his third Olivier Award, winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
Female theatre makers were at the forefront of the awards, with the all-female creative team behind Emilia winning three awards. The Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play went to playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, with Joanna Scotcher winning Best Costume Design and Emma Laxton winning for Best Sound Design.
Legendary lighting designer Paule Constable won her fifth award for lighting design for the National Theatre’s production of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Emma Reeves and Theresa Heskins collected the new award for Best Family Show for The Worst Witch.
Sonia Friedman Productions won three awards: Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard won American Airlines Best New Play and Best Supporting Actor went to Leopoldstadt’s Adrian Scarborough, while Fiddler On The Roof won Magic Radio Best Musical Revival.
Richard Gadd’s debut play Baby Reindeer triumphed for the Bush Theatre in the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre category.
In the opera and dance categories, Best New Dance Production went to Ingoma by Mthuthuzeli November for Ballet Black, and Best New Opera Production to Billy Budd – both at the Royal Opera House. Sara Baras won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her choreography and performance in Ballet Flamenco – Sombras at Sadler’s Wells and the Children’s Ensemble of Noye’s Fludde at Theatre Royal Stratford East won Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
Audiences will also be able to enjoy an Olivier Awards highlights show on Magic Radio from 8pm until 10pm on 26 October, with extended coverage across the week on digital radio station Magic at the Musicals.
ITV repeats the Olivier Awards with Mastercard at 11:15pm on 27 October and the show is available for the next month on the ITV Hub.
Full list of Olivier Awards 2020 winners
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
David Bedella for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Cassidy Janson for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Best Original Score or New Orchestrations
Dear Evan Hansen – Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Orchestration by Alex Lacamoire at Noel Coward Theatre
Best New Dance Production
Ingoma by Mthuthuzeli November for Ballet Black at Barbican Theatre and Royal Opera House – Linbury Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Sara Baras for her choreography and performance in Ballet Flamenco – Sombras at Sadler’s Wells
Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play
Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre
Best Theatre Choreographer
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre
Magic Radio Best Musical Revival
Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre
Best Actor in a Musical
Sam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen at Noel Coward Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical
Miriam-Teak Lee for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre
Cunard Best Revival
Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre
Best Family Show
The Worst Witch at Vaudeville Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Baby Reindeer at Bush Theatre
White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
Paule Constable for The Ocean At The End Of The Lane at National Theatre – Dorfman
Royal Albert Hall Award for Best Sound Design
Emma Laxton for Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre
Best Costume Design
Joanna Scotcher for Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre
Blue-I Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design
Bob Crowley for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Adrian Scarborough for Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Indira Varma for Present Laughter at The Old Vic
Best New Opera Production
Billy Budd at Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
The Children’s Ensemble for their performance in Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO’s Noye’s Fludde at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Andrew Scott for Present Laughter at The Old Vic
Sharon D. Clarke for Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre
Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director
Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell for Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre
American Airlines Best New Play
Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
Mastercard Best New Musical
Dear Evan Hansen at Noel Coward Theatre