Olivier Award Winners 2017

The prestigious Olivier Awards took place earlier this month and fortunately this year the winners and nominees included quite a few shows that are still in the West End.

Here are the shows that picked up the bronze gongs on the night…

Dreamgirls
Savoy Theatre
amber Riley in DreamgirlsWinner
Best Actress in a musical: Amber Riley

Winner
Best Actor in a supporting role in a Musical: Adam J Bernard

What’s it about? Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award®-winning musical DREAMGIRLS is now playing at the Savoy Theatre, London. Read more and book

School of Rock
New London Theatre
Winner
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Three bands of kids who play instruments live every night
What’s it about? Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight –A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND BY THEATREBREAKS.COM

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
Duke of York’s Theatre
Winner
Best New Comedy
What’s it about? From the creator of Billy Elliot (Lee Hall) comes the uplifting and moving story of six Catholic choir girls from Oban, let loose in Edinburgh for one day only. Funny, heartbreaking and raucously rude, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is adapted from Alan Warner’s brilliant novel about six young friends on the cusp of change and is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. Read more and book

Jesus Christ Superstar
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Winner
Best Musical Revival
What’s it about? Lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this is the moving rock-opera depicting the last days of Christ. The show returns to the Open Air Theatre this summer – the final chance to see the production in its original home. Read more & book HIGHLY RECOMMEND BY THEATREBREAKS.COM

The Girls
Phoenix Theatre
Nominated
Mastercard Best New Musical
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Ben Hunter
Best Actress in a Musical “The Girls”: Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding.
What’s it about? This new musical comedy has brought together the writing talents of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth who grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years. The Girls originally opened at The Grand Theatre in Leeds and The Lowry Theatre, Salford where it received standing ovations at every performance. Read more and book

Half a Sixpence
Noel Coward Theatre
Nominated
Best Actor in a Musical: Charlie Stemp
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical:
Emma Williams
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical:
Ian Bartholomew
What’s it about? This new stage version of Half a Sixpence, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semi-autobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’, is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites book-writer Julian Fellowes (Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney.
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND BY THEATREBREAKS.COM

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Criterion Theatre
Nominated
Best New Comedy
What’s it about? Written by and starring the Mischief Theatre Company who brought you the 2015 Olivier award-winning Best New Comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “Peter Pan Goes Wrong”, book now, to be entertained by their unique brand of humour in this hilarious new show. Read more and book
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The Glass Menagerie
Duke of York’s Theatre
Nominated
Best Revival, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Brian J Smith
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate O’Flynn
Best Actress: Cherry Jones
Best Director: John Tiffany
What’s it about?
A universally acclaimed creative team bring 1930’s St Louis stylishly to life. With movement by Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett, set and costume design by multi Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley, lighting design by multi Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz, sound design from Olivier and Tony Award-winning Paul Arditti and music by celebrated composer Nico Muhly, this is a stunning and evocative production of Tennessee Williams’ heart-breaking classic. Read more and book Ends 29th April 2017

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