NEWS: Three prizes each for & Juliet, Dear Evan Hansen & Emilia as Olivier Awards 2020 winners are announced

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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

Best Actor

Andrew Scott for Present Laughter at The Old Vic

Best Actress

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

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