‘Cabaret,’ ‘Lifetime of Pi’ rule Olivier Awards – ARAB TIMES

LONDON, April 11, (AP): An intimate, sold-out manufacturing of “Cabaret” was the large winner at Sunday’s Olivier Awards, taking seven prizes together with appearing trophies for its high-voltage stars, Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley. Literary adaptation “Lifetime of Pi” took 5 awards together with greatest new play. “Cabaret” was named greatest musical revival on the ceremony, which noticed the Oliviers – Britain’s equal of Broadway’s Tony Awards – return to stay collective prizegiving after a three-year break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Redmayne and Buckley received lead appearing prizes for his or her roles because the Emcee and Sally Bowles in a manufacturing of “Cabaret” that remodeled London’s Playhouse Theatre into the Equipment Kat Membership in Nineteen Thirties Berlin. Liza Sadovy and Elliot Levey received supporting performer awards for a similar manufacturing, which continues its London run with new leads – and is rumored to be Broadwaybound. Buckley, who was praised by Redmayne as “one of many greats,” appeared overwhelmed to have received. “It’s my worst nightmare and my largest dream abruptly,” she stated. “Lifetime of Pi,” tailored from Yann Martel’s best-selling novel a few boy adrift at sea with a tiger, was voted greatest new play. Hiran Abeysekera was named the perfect actor in a play as title character Pi, whereas – in a primary – the supporting actor prize went to seven performers who collectively play the present’s puppet tiger. Fred Davis, one of many seven, stated it was “a landmark second for puppetry.” A stage adaptation of a time-traveling Eighties movie favourite, “Again to the Future – The Musical,” was named greatest new musical.

Jessie Buckley, (left), and Eddie Redmayne pose for photographers upon arrival on the Olivier Awards in London, Sunday, April 10. (AP)

The black-tie ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Corridor was the primary full Oliviers present since 2019. Theaters had been shut when Britain went into lockdown in March 2020, weeks earlier than the scheduled 2020 Oliviers ceremony. Britain’s stage neighborhood got here out in drive Sunday to have a good time – but additionally to refl ect on a tricky couple of years that noticed all U.Ok. theaters closed for months at a stretch, for the primary time since World Struggle II. The conflict in Ukraine was additionally on many minds. A number of award winners spoke in help of Ukraine’s struggle in opposition to Russian invasion, and the Ukrainian mezzosoprano Kseniia Nikolaieva carried out her nation’s nationwide anthem in the course of the present. “Cabaret” director Rebecca Frecknall took the directing trophy, and stated the conflict in Ukraine gave John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical in regards to the collapse of democracy and rise of fascism in Germany added poignancy. “In a manner it’s fairly unhappy that each time it’s on it feels prefer it’s been written for at the moment,” she stated. Within the non-musical classes, Sheila Atim was named greatest actress for multidimensional relationship drama “Constellations.” Liz Carr received the perfect supporting actress prize for taking part in a decided physician in a revival of Eighties AIDS-crisis play “The Regular Coronary heart.” Performances (cross head)

Carr, who makes use of a wheelchair, famous that she was the primary disabled actor in 35 years to play the position, primarily based on real-life medic Linda Laubenstein, additionally a wheelchairuser. She thanked director Dominic Cooke for taking an opportunity on a disabled performer, however added: “It shouldn’t be an opportunity – it ought to simply be a proper.” “Constellations” was named greatest revival, whereas the prize for greatest new comedy or leisure went to “Satisfaction And Prejudice(asterisk) ((asterisk)form of),” a comic book all-female twist on the Jane Austen traditional. Equipment Harington, Tom Felton, Emma Corrin and Jonathan Pryce had been among the many stars strolling the sustainable inexperienced carpet, made out of reusable grass, earlier than the glitzy ceremony, which featured performances from best-musical nominees together with “Frozen,” “The Drifters Woman,” “Again to the Future – The Musical” and “Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.” The present additionally included a musical tribute to a theater titan – composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died final yr aged 91.

The awards had been based in 1976 and named for the late actor-director Laurence Olivier. Winners are chosen by voting teams of stage professionals and theatergoers. The final Oliviers ceremony, held largely remotely in October 2020, awarded work completed earlier than the pandemic. Venues started reopening in mid-2021, and reveals are largely up and working once more, although the variety of worldwide guests, important to sustaining West Finish reveals, stays nicely under pre-pandemic ranges. Actor-singer Beverley Knight, a best-actress nominee for “The Drifters Woman,” stated the theater neighborhood was able to have a good time after a troublesome two years. “We’ve been bereft of theater for thus lengthy, simply had nothing. And other people solely understand the significance of the place that theater and stay leisure performed in any society when it was taken away,” she stated. “We herald multimillions and that’s week in, week out. So we’re a part of giving the financial system buoyancy – however greater than that, we feed the nation’s soul.”

The winners of the 2022 Olivier Awards, handed out Sunday for achievement in London theater, opera and dance:
■ New Play: ‘Lifetime of Pi’
■ New Musical: ‘Again To The Future – The Musical’
■ New Comedy: ‘Satisfaction and Prejudice(asterisk) ((asterisk)
form of)
■ Household Present: ‘Wolf Witch Large Fairy’
■ Revival: ‘Constellations’
■ Musical Revival: ‘Cabaret’
■ Actress-Play: Sheila Atim, ‘Constellations’
■ Actor-Play: Hiran Abeysekera, ‘Lifetime of Pi’
■ Actress-Musical: Jessie Buckley, ‘Cabaret’
■ Actor-Musical: Eddie Redmayne, ‘Cabaret’
■ Supporting Actor-Play: Fred Davis, Daisy Franks,
Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom
Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink, ‘Lifetime of Pi’
■ Supporting Actress-Play: Liz Carr, ‘The Regular
Coronary heart’
■ Supporting Actress-Musical: Liza Sadovy, ‘Cabaret’
■ Supporting Actor-Musical: Elliot Levey, ‘Cabaret’
■ Director: Rebecca Frecknall, ‘Cabaret’
■ Authentic rating or new orchestrations: ‘Get Up
Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical’
■ Theater Choreography: Kathleen Marshall, ‘Something
■ New Opera Manufacturing: ‘Jenufa,’ Royal Opera
■ Excellent Achievement in Opera: Peter Whelan
and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, ‘Bajazet’
■ New Dance Manufacturing: ‘Revisor’
■ Excellent Achievement in Dance: Choreographer
Arielle Smith for ‘Jolly Folly’
■ Set Design: ‘Lifetime of Pi’
■ Lighting Design: ‘Lifetime of Pi’
■ Sound Design: ‘Cabaret’
■ Costume Design: ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’
■ Excellent Achievement in an Affiliate Theater:
‘Previous Bridge’ on the Bush Theatre


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