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Who came out on top at the Olivier Awards 2019?


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On Sunday evening, the Olivier Awards 2019 ceremony took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

This year, like any other, celebrated the very best in British theatre since 1976. The awards ceremony boasted incredible performances throughout the evening - a particular highlight was hearing from Tudor Queens and pop princesses during Six The Musical's 'Divorced, beheaded, died - divorced, beheaded, LIVE!' show.

The talent extended behind the stage as well - with judging for the coveted awards conducted by industry professionals and members of the all-important theatre-going public. 

So without further ado, let's take a glance at some of this year's wonderful winners.

The Inheritance by Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Best New Play is arguably one of the Olivier's biggest achievements and this year went to The Inheritance - a play hailed as a vital, modern classic at the Young Vic. The work of Matthew Lopez, directed by the winner for Best Director Stephen Daldry, the play is a gripping production that explores the lives of ambitious New Yorkers during the peak of the AIDs crisis. The Inheritance also came up trumps in another category of the night which saw the young Kyle Soller take home the award for Best Actor

Something that's sorely needed during the country's current climate is a good laugh and Home, I'm Darling provided just that, taking home the Best New Comedy award. Laura Wade whizzes through homemade pies, coy smiles and cutting humour in one woman's quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife. 

Meanwhile, in the world of dance, Botis Seva's bleak and withdrawn commentary on coping with being a childlike adult and untamed artist, BLKDOG took home the award for Best New Dance Production. Akram Khan scooped up the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance in Xenos. He spoke reflectively upon accepting the award: "When I dance I suddenly feel a sense of hope...Without action, there's no hope. So let's keep moving, resisting and fighting for what we must preserve - our sense of collective humanity." 

Akhram Khan in Xenos by Jean Louis Fernandez

Behind stage, Bunny Christie took home the award for Best Set Design and The Inheritance bagged its fourth award of the evening with Jon Clark taking the Olivier for Best Lighting. Meanwhile, Best Costume Design went to Catherine Zuber for The King and I and Gareth Own took home the award for Best Sound Design

Tennessee Williams' rarely staged classic Summer And Smoke, which has been transferred to the West End due to popular demand, snatched the award for Best Revival and Patsy Ferran was awarded Best Actress for her interpretation of Alma. 

From a canonical story to something brand new, Flesh and Bone is the debut play from Elliot Warren that played at Soho Theatre and took home the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. And if you're looking for a new show to sing along to, take a look at Come From Away, the winner of Best New Musical, playing at the Phoenix Theatre. 

Check out the full list of Olivier 2019 winners here.

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