Stars to celebrate British stage at Olivier theatre awards

Angelo Anderson
April 11, 2019

The UK production of the musical won four Laurence Olivier Awards, which are considered the British Tony awards.

The epic gay-history drama "The Inheritance" has eight nominations, including best new play, best actor for Kyle Soller and best supporting actress for Vanessa Redgrave.

Actors and other theater professionals are preparing for Britain's annual Olivier Awards ceremony, where musicals "Come From Away" and "Company" lead the nominations with nine apiece.

"The Inheritance", Matthew Lopez's drama about young gay men living in NY a generation after the AIDS crisis was declared best new play.

Blkdog by Botis Seva was named best new dance production, while dancer Akram Khan won the award for outstanding achievement in dance for Xenos at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre.

The 2019 Olivier Awards saw three productions take home the biggest share of awards.

Writer Matthew Lopez, whose seven-hour play was staged at London's Young Vic and Noël Coward Theatre, told reporters: "I grew up in the midst of the Aids epidemic". "Even some of the NY jokes, they got". Director Stephen Daldry and star Kyle Soller also won awards, as did the play's lighting.

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Best actor in a musical went to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith for playing a charismatic, abusive Ike Turner in "Tina - The Tina Turner Musical".

During a night of twists, the hotly-tipped Sir Ian McKellen and Gillian Anderson both went home empty-handed despite winning rave reviews for performances in King Lear and All About Eve respectively.

Sally Field, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hiddleston and Wendell Pierce were among stars who walked the red carpet before the black-tie ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Spanish-British actress Patsy Ferran was crowned best actress in a play as a woman consumed by love in Tennessee Williams' smoldering "Summer and Smoke".

8 - number of Olivier awards won by choreographer Matthew Bourne, who received a special award for his achievements in dance.

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