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Olivier Awards 2016 winners announced

Damiano Michieletto’s production of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci and Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works won in opera and dance award categories.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

4 April 2016 at 1.05pm | 3 Comments

Last night, the Royal Opera House hosted the Oliver Awards 2016

The awards, this year celebrating their 40th year, celebrates the best of London’s theatre scene.

Winners included Hangmen at the Royal Court theatre, which won in the New Play category; Denise Gough, who won Best Actress for People, Places And Things; and Kenneth Cranham for Best Actor in The Father.

In the dance and opera award categories, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works won Best New Dance Production, with Alessandra Ferri recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performances in Woolf Works and Chéri at Royal Opera House.

Damiano Michieletto's Royal Opera production of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci was named the Best New Opera Production while English National Opera won Best Outstanding Achievement in Opera for the work of their Chorus and Orchestra.

Other high profile winners included Imelda Staunton for her role in the musical Gypsy at Savoy theatre and Judi Dench, who made theatre award history by winning her eighth Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress in The Winter’s Tale.

Olivier Awards 2016: full list of winners

Magic Radio Audience Award - The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre

MasterCard Best New Musical - Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical - Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical - Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best Musical Revival - Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical - David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music - In The Heights – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Director - Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer - Drew McOnie for In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Entertainment & Family - Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Dance - Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House

Best New Dance Production - Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at Royal Opera House

Best Actress - Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best Actor - Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham's Theatre

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play - Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham's Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Opera - English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum

Best New Opera Production - Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Judi Dench for The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design - Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham's Theatre

Best Costume Design - Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best Sound Design - Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design - Mark Henderson for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre - Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre

Best New Comedy - Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Best Revival - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

4 April 2016 at 1.05pm

This article has been categorised Awards and tagged awards, Olivier awards

This article has 3 comments

  1. Martin responded on 4 April 2016 at 11:07pm Reply

    Please. please, bring Woolf Works back in to the repertoire now that it has won the Olivier award for best new dance production. This new work built slowly and a Time Out offer took off and finally performances sold out and the word got around that this was a truly amazing piece of dance, and it was impossible to buy a ticket, coupled with the incredible Max Richter music and incredible dancing. I sat next to a lovely lady on one of the two nights I saw Woolf Works and she was from the ROH board and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I told her I was in tears at the end of the ballet, and when it ended she grabbed my arm and said look, so am I. That is the power of Woolf Works

    • ML responded on 6 April 2016 at 1:12pm

      It is back for next season! (As I thought it would be! - although I reckon the decision was made long before the Oliviers). It didn't generate much heat at the box office until word got out (from Alessandra Ferri's Facebook page and later by word of mouth) that she would be in it and then tickets got snapped up! It's an incredible piece- I went with a small group and we all loved it.

  2. Chris responded on 5 April 2016 at 1:55pm Reply

    yes!! I really hope Woolf Works is back next season

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