Olivier Awards Celebrate London Theater, Opera and Dance

The Olivier AwardsLondon's answer to the Tony Awards, celebrating excellence opera and dance as well as theater—were handed out at the Royal Opera House last night, with the Broadway-bound Matilda sweeping a number of prizes, including Best New Musical. Notably, the four little girls who share the title role in Matilda all won the award for best Actress in a Musical in a feat similar to the three boys who shared the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Billy Elliott.

Since quite a few of the nominees are currently in New York, a viewing party was held at the Rose Theater at the Time Warner Center, with James Earl Jones (right) presenting the award for Best Direction of a Musical to Matthew Warchus, who is in town to oversee the Broadway transfer of Ghost.

Here is a partial list of the winners:

New Play: "Collaborators"

New Musical: "Matilda The Musical"

Entertainment: "Derren Brown — Svengali"

Revival: "Anna Christie"

Musical Revival: "Crazy For You"

Actress-Play: Ruth Wilson, "Anna Christie"

Actor-Play: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, "Frankenstein"

Actress-Musical: Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington-Cox, "Matilda The Musical"

Actor-Musical: Bertie Carvel, "Matilda The Musical"

Supporting Performer-Play: Sheridan Smith, "Flare Path"

Supporting Performer-Musical: Nigel Harman, "Shrek"

Director: Matthew Warchus, "Matilda The Musical"

New Opera Production: "Castor and Pollux," English National Opera

Outstanding Achievement in Opera: English National Opera

New Dance Production: "Desh," Akram Khan Company

Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Edward Watson, "The Metamorphosis"

Audience Award for Most Popular Show: "Les Miserables"

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theater: "Roadkill," Theatre Royal Stratford East/Barbican/Traverse Theatre

Special Awards: Monica Mason, Tim Rice

For more information about the awards, visit www.olivierawards.com. Tickets for the winning and nominated shows can be purchased at Leisure Connect and other suppliers.


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