Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley have received greatest actor and greatest actress in a musical on the 2022 Olivier Awards in London for his or her roles because the Emcee and Sally Bowles within the West End revival of Cabaret.
This freshest reinvention of the 1966 Kander & Ebb traditional additionally received greatest musical revival, whereas Rebecca Frecknall scooped the Sir Peter Hall award for greatest director. Accepting his award on stage, Redmayne spoke of his “confidence crisis” throughout rehearsals, earlier than acknowledging how the present had lengthy fueled his ardour, noting that “this is the dream, this is the one,” and the half he had performed as a child in school. His beguiling, contorted interpretation of the Emcee served as an ideal foil to Buckley’s mesmerizing, emotionally uncooked Sally within the immersive present that places the viewers on the coronary heart of the Kit Kat Klub in 1929 Berlin.
Cabaret’s Liza Sadovy and Elliot Levey received greatest actress and greatest actor in a supporting function for enjoying Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz respectively. In accepting his trophy, Levey took intention on the British authorities’s visa system for Ukrainian refugees, which has come beneath a lot criticism in current weeks. Earlier within the ceremony, the viewers stood in help of the individuals of Ukraine, for a particular efficiency of the Ukrainian nationwide anthem launched by actor Lesley Manville.
The ceremony, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, featured musical acts on stage from Cabaret (that includes Amy Lennox who’s continued the function after Buckley’s run), Frozen, The Drifter’s Girl, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Back to the Future: The Musical, Anything Goes, Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, and Spring Awakening — whereas there was additionally a efficiency from play The Life of Pi which options elaborate puppetry.
That theatrical adaptation of The Life of Pi took 5 awards, together with greatest new play, greatest actor for Hiran Abeysekera and greatest supporting actor, which was received by the seven performers — Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink — who play ‘Richard Parker’ the puppet tiger. Back to the Future: The Musical was named greatest new musical, and greatest actress went to Sheila Atim for Constellations. Meanwhile, greatest actress in a supporting function went to Liz Carr for The Normal Heart. Carr gave an impassioned speech calling for equal rights for disabled actors, saying on stage that she was the primary actor with a incapacity to play the function of Dr. Emma Brookner (a U.S. doctor who was among the many first to acknowledge the Eighties AIDs epidemic), who herself used a wheelchair.
The Olivier Awards had been hosted by British comic and actor Jason Manford, whose opening monologue referenced the current Will Smith-slapping-Chris Rock incident on the Academy Awards. “I’m a comedian,” stated Manford shortly after strolling out on stage, “and I think all your hair looks lovely and I will very much be keeping your wives names out of my mouth this evening. This is an evening of backslapping, not face slapping.”
Guest presenters on the night time included Keala Settle, Hannah Waddingham, Kit Harrington, Tom Felton, Fiona Shaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Noma Dumezweni and Monica Dolan. Stephen Sondheim was remembered in a efficiency that closed the ceremony and paid tribute to those that’ve saved theaters working throughout a continued testing time of the Covid-19 pandemic; Maria Friedman welcomed the swings and understudies from reveals that carried out on the night time, together with performing arts college students, for a rendition of Sondheim’s Our Time from Merrily We Roll Along.
Best revival went to Constellations, which featured 4 casts in rotation, amongst them: Chris O’Dowd, Peter Capaldi and It’s A Sin’s Omari Douglas. Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of), received the Noël Coward/Geoffrey Johnson award for greatest leisure or comedy play, Revisor was named greatest new dance manufacturing, and Arielle Smith received excellent achievement in dance for her choreography of Jolly Folly in Reunion by English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells. Wolf Witch Giant Fairy was named greatest household present, and greatest set design went to Tim Hatley for design and Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell for puppets for Life of Pi, whereas Catherine Zuber adopted her Tony Award win to additionally acquire the Olivier for greatest costume design for Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
The prize for excellent achievement in Affiliate Theatre went to Old Bridge at Bush Theatre, Jenůfa received the very best new opera manufacturing, and the excellent achievement in opera was awarded to Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra for Bajazet. Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding took the prize for greatest lighting design for Life of Pi, and Nick Lidster collected greatest sound design for Cabaret. Best authentic rating or new orchestrations went to orchestrator Simon Hale for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, and Kathleen Marshall received greatest theatre choreographer for Anything Goes.
This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.