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40th anniversary #OlivierAwards: What They Did For Love

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The glory of the night for me came in the form of 15 past Best Actress in a Musical winners filing onto the stage at the Royal Opera House to sing “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line. A wonderful mix of stars who each brought something to the emotional number. Among them were super-talented ladies and favourites: Joanna Riding, Katie Brayben, Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, Janie Dee, Sharon D Clarke and Samantha Spiro. I was particularly overjoyed to see Sara Crowe and Nichola McAuliffe in the line-up, because you don’t necessarily link them with musical theatre, yet both are real triple threats.

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NEWS: Gypsy, Kinky Boots & Dench among big #OlivierAwards winners

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Dame Judi Dench wins record eighth award – receiving more Olivier Awards for acting than any other performer Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy wins the most awards this year for a single production, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival Kenneth Cranham and Denise Gough win Best Actor and Best Actress National Theatre …

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NEWS: Full ceremony details for 40th anniversary Olivier Awards this Sun, 3 Apr

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The Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard – the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar – has revealed further details of the star-studded ceremony, hosted by two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. The stars will arrive on the Royal Opera House’s red carpet from 16:45 onwards, as the excitement builds …

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NEWS: Jersey Boys, Matilda, Les Mis & Phantom shortlisted for Oliviers’ Audience Award

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The Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours, have today announced the shortlisted shows for the Magic Radio Audience Award 2016.The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will take place on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. The four shortlisted shows are:

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NEWS: Gypsy, Kinky Boots, Branagh & Rylance lead #OlivierAwards nominations, Full shortlists

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The productions of Gypsy and Kinky Boots lead the nominations with eight and seven nominations respectively Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays At The Garrick Season secures seven nominations, including six for The Winter’s Tale Farinelli And The King receives six nominations Dame Judi Dench celebrates her 15th nomination having previously received six awards and one special award Imelda Staunton receives …

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WATCH LIVE: #OlivierAwards nominations announced at noon, live-tweeting

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Previous Olivier winners and co-hosts Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton reunite today to announce the full list of nominations in for the Olivier Awards 2016, sponsored by MasterCard. The Nominations event, held at the London’s Rosewood hotel in High Holborn, commences at 11.15am today (Monday 29 February 2016), with the Announcement starting promptly at mid-day. You can watch the Announcement …

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Critics’ Circle Award winners include Judi Dench: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Hangmen, Judi Dench, Bend It Like Beckham, Oresteia are among the winners… The annual best of lists are always a good indication of who’s likely to triumph at the Critics’ Circle Awards, which were presented this afternoon at the Delfont Room in the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Understandably so as it’s critics who, by and large, draw up those lists and critics only – voting by secret, first-past-the-post ballot – who determine the Critics’ Circle Awards.

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Ultimate press pass: All the angles on 2015 #Oliviers shortlists

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I offered my own take on yesterday’s 2015 Laurence Olivier nominations yesterday. But my view is only one, of course. The shortlists announcement was live-streamed across myriad platforms and attracted international headlines. So how did other commentators interpret the shortlists? Well, angles are varied, but they largely break down into the following five main thrusts: […]

Critics’ Circle winners contradict Standard: any bets on Oliviers?

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If you read my Best of the Best of #theatre2014 round-ups a few weeks ago, you may have been able to predict most of the winners of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, announced today at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. That’s with the possible exception of Best Actress, which based on the frequency […]