Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company which won four prizes, was among the big winners at Sunday night’s Oliver Awards, the most prestigious awards event in UK theatre at Royal Albert Hall.
A gender-swapping West End Revival of the 1970 musical saw lead character Robert re-imagined as a woman, Bobbie. Patti LuPone who won the best supporting actress prize said “I’m deeply moved, thank you for accepting me into your community, I love London, I love the theatre community here.” Company also took home best set design and best supporting actor for Jonathan Bailey. Marianne Elliott explained her company’s “main goal was to put female stories front and centre of our stages”, after accepting the award for best musical revival.
The Inheritance and Come From Away also took four prizes from the ceremony. Inheritance’s prizes included best new play, best actor for Kyle Soller and best director for Stephen Daldry. Come From Away’s awards included best new musical, best theatre choreographer, best sound design and outstanding achievement in music.
Sharon D Clarke won the best actress in a musical for Caroline or Change. The Best Actor in a musical went to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith for his role as Ike Turner in Tina: The Musical.
Best new play – The Inheritance
Best new musical – Come From Away
Best new comedy – Home, I’m Darling
Best revival – Summer and Smoke
Best musical revival – Company
Best director – Stephen Daldry (The Inheritance)
Best actor – Kyle Soller (The Inheritance)
Best actress – Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke)
Best supporting actor – Chris Walley (The Lieutenant of Inishmore)
Best supporting actress – Monica Dolan (All About Eve)
Best actor in a musical – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina: The Musical)
Best actress in a musical – Sharon D Clarke (Caroline or Change)
Best supporting actor in a musical – Jonathan Bailey (Company)
Best supporting actress in a musical – Patti LuPone (Company)
Best entertainment and family – A Monster Calls
Best set design – Bunny Christie (Company)
Best lighting – Jon Clark (The Inheritance)
Best new dance production – Blkdog
Best new opera – Katya Kabanova at Royal Opera House
Best costume design – Catherine Zuber (The King and I)
Best sound design – Gareth Owen (Come From Away)
Best theatre choreographer – Kelly Devine (Come From Away)
Outstanding achievement in music – Come From Away
Outstanding achievement in dance: Akram Khan (Xenos)
Outstanding achievement in opera – The ensemble of Porgy and Bess at London Coliseum
Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre – Flesh and Bone at Soho theatre
Special award – Matthew Bourne