A round-up of theatre’s big winners on the West End’s biggest night
Paul Mescall and Jodie Comer were among the big winners at the 2023 Olivier Awards, but no one won bigger than My Neighbour Totoro. With six awards in the bag, including the coveted Noël Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, the tender, magical story of sisters Satsuki and Mei was certainly the favourite child. However, there’s plenty of other big winners that should be on your radar. Here are all the biggest shows honoured at the ceremony, including the ones that you can still see live for yourself.
My Neighbour Totoro
The much-praised stage adaptation of the popular Studio Ghibli film took home six awards at the 2023 ceremony: Best Play, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. Although the original run of the show is over, My Neighbour Totoro is tapped to return to the Barbican this autumn, so watch this space for tickets.
The live version of hit CBeebies show took home the award for Best Family Show. Hey Duggee – The Live Theatre Show is now touring the UK, so you and the family can catch Duggee and the Squirrels in a theatre near you.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Oscar-nominee Paul Mescal can now tuck an Olivier Award for Best Actor into his portfolio. The Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of the classic Tennessee Williams play picked up three awards at the ceremony, with Mescal’s costar Anjana Vasan winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the production picking up Best Revival.
Will Keen won Best In Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Putin in compelling political drama Patriots. It’s currently booking until mid-August at the Noël Coward Theatre, so there’s plenty of opportunity to catch Keen’s award-winning performance.
The gripping one-woman legal drama took home the award for Best New Play, whilst Jodie Comer was presented with a well-deserved Best Actress statuette.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical won for Best Musical Revival at the Young Vic, and Arthur Darvill was awarded with Best Actor in a Musical. Oklahoma! is now playing at Wyndham’s Theatre, with booking open until early September.
Standing At The Sky’s Edge
The new musical set to the work of Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley was nominated for eight Olivier Awards, winning for Best Original Score and Best New Musical.
Matt Cole won Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on this explosive new production. Newsies is booking at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre until the end of July, so there’s still time to see the spectacle for yourself.
Beverley Knight won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Emmeline Pankhurst in this bold new musical about the suffragette movement.
The Almeida Theatre’s glitzy new musical saw two of its actors honoured. Katie Brayben won for Best Actress in a Musical, whilst Zubin Varla took home the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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