“Arcadia,” by Tom Stoppard, and “City of Angels,” a Broadway hit but West End flop, were named the year’s best play and best musical Sunday at the Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Royal National Theater was the evening’s big winner with nine awards for its various productions including “Arcadia.”
A National Theater staging of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 “Sweeney Todd” won four awards, including musical revival, director of a musical (Declan Donnellan) and actor and actress in a musical for Alun Armstrong and Julia McKenzie.
A rare production of American dramatist Sophie Treadwell’s drama “Machinal” won four awards, including revival of a play, actress (Fiona Shaw) and director of a play (Stephen Daldry).
Mark Rylance was named best actor in a play for his perf as Benedick in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Best actor in a supporting role was Joseph Mydell in Tony Kushner’s “Perestroika.”
Best actress in a supporting role was Helen Burns for Arthur Miller’s “The Last Yankee.”
The best choreography award went to Luke Creswell and Steve McNicholas for “Stomp.”
A special posthumous award was given to actor-director Sam Wanamaker, who devoted himself to rebuilding Shakespeare’s Globe Theater on the Thames’ south bank.
Stoll Moss theater owner Janet Holmes-A-Court, saying there should be only one Globe Theater in London, said that in October the other Globe Theater, in the West End, would be renamed the Gielgud, to honor Sir John Gielgud.