26 October 2020 14:47
The winners of the Olivier Awards 2020 have been announced in a special ceremony hosted by Jason Manford at the London Palladium. & Juliet and Dear Evan Hansen were the big winners on the night. The awards were hosted by Jason Manford at the London Palladium and featured performances from Miriam Teak Lee, Sharon D Clarke and Sam Tutty. New musicals, & Juliet and Dear Evan Hansen were awarded three awards each. Andrew Scott won Best New Actor for his performance in Present Laughter at the Old Vic commenting that humour is "something that's helped us all survive in the past couple of months during this really arduous time".
Sharon D Clarke's award for Best Actress for her performance in Death Of A Salesman joins her awards for previous wins as Supporting Actress in 2014 and Best Actress in a Musical in 2019 for Caroline, Or Change. The night saw Sir Matthew Bourne break shatter Olivier Awards records with his win for Mary Poppins (co-awarded with Stephen Mear). Sir Ian McKellen was celebrated with a special award (his seventh Olivier win) for this 80th Birthday Tour which saw him tour theatres across the UK raising much-needed funds for theatres across the country. Julian Bird, the executive producer of the Olivier Awards and chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: "This is not how we had originally planned to celebrate this year's outstanding Olivier nominees, but like so many others we have adapted to these challenging times. Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre – WINNER Andrew Scott for Present Laughter at The Old Vic – WINNER Sam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre – WINNER Miriam-Teak Lee for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre – WINNER Indira Varma for Present Laughter at The Old Vic – WINNER David Bedella for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre – WINNER Rupert Young for Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre Cassidy Janson for & Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre – WINNER Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre – WINNER Fiddler On The Roof at Playhouse Theatre – WINNER Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell for Death Of A Salesman at Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre – WINNER Dear Evan Hansen – Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Orchestration by Alex Lacamoire at Noël Coward – WINNER Paule Constable for The Ocean At The End Of The Lane at National Theatre – Dorfman – WINNER Bob Crowley for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre – WINNER Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre – WINNER Ingoma by Mthuthuzeli November for Ballet Black at Royal Opera House – Linbury – WINNER Billy Budd at Royal Opera House Hansel And Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre – WINNER 'Hot Priest' Andrew Scott and actress Sharon D Clarke took home the top prizes at this year's Olivier Awards, in a virtual ceremony held at The London Palladium.
Lyricist Don Black received a special award from Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Duchess of Cornwall, who urged the theatre industry to "please remain resilient". Clarke received her third, winning best actress for her performance in the Young Vic's "Death Of A Salesman." The production also received a further accolade, with Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell winning the Sir Peter Hall best director award. "Present Laughter" at The Old Vic won two awards, with "Fleabag" star Andrew Scott winning best actor and Indira Varma winning best supporting actress, her first Olivier. "Dear Evan Hansen" won the Mastercard best new musical award, while composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, together with orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, won best original score or new orchestrations. Best actor in a musical went to Sam Tutty in his first leading role.