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Laurence Olivier Awards 2013


By Imogen Sarre


A look at ATG nominees

Best Actor 2013

We're hugely proud that 3 of the 5 nominees for Best Actor have been in ATG co-produced productions at ATG theatres. All these 3 are big Hollywood names, but seeing them on stage is not just exciting for those of us who get celeb-struck. Their performances prove that they're not just superstars because of their great looks, but that true and powerful talent played its part in their success.


Name: James McAvoy
Nominated for: Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios
Best known for: films Atonement & The Last King of Scotland

Describe how you feel to be nominated: Surprised and like I've already received a great commendation by being in the company of Mr Treadaway, Rylance, Spall, and Everett. To be in that kind of company is an honour.
Best piece of advice given: Make respect your default position.
Why does theatre matter? Because it's part of our DNA. We've been telling stories since the dawn of time and we'll continue to do so whether we have the technology for film, radio, or any of these media devices. We will always have a guy or lady standing in front of other guys and ladies and telling stories and that's what theatre is.


Name: Rafe Spall
Nominated for: Constellations at the Duke of York's Theatre
Best known for: films One Day & Life of Pi

Describe how you feel to be nominated: I never thought that being nominated for awards mattered until I got nominated for one and now it really matters.
Best piece of advice given: Be kind.
Why does theatre matter? Theatre matters because from an actor's point of view – which is the only way I can really answer this question – it's the test cricket of acting. It's the highest level. It takes no prisoners and it's terrifying and scary and to go and see a play, and watch an actor give his heart and soul and not remember lines for 2 hours and not die with fear, is a very special thing. Because it's art for nothing else than art's sake and that is a really amazing thing.


Name: Rupert Everett
Nominated for: The Judas Kiss at the Duke of York's Theatre
Best known for: films My Best Friend's Wedding & Shakespeare in Love

Rupert Everett

Everett on playing Oscar Wilde: "I do have a really strong notion of Wilde. I see him very clearly. He was blinded by success, blinded by stardom, and never understood, ever in his life, that he was vile to his wife – but I think his flaws are touching and great. I love him for his faults and his snobbery."
Everett on performing in The Judas Kiss: 'It was amazing doing the play on the night of the parliamentary act about gay marriage. There was this extraordinary feeling, doing a play about a character who lost everything for being gay, and seeing where it had come to, that night.'


Best Actress 2013


Name: Kristin Scott-Thomas
Nominated for: Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Best known for: films Four Weddings and a Funeral &The English Patient

Kristin Scott-Thomas

What first drew you to acting? 'Wanting to be somebody else. As a child, I played dress-up with great conviction. I'd walk to the village shop wearing my mother's clothes, pretending I was somebody different.'

KST on alternating roles with Lia Williams in Old Times: 'It's really, really good fun, very hard work, but really interesting because I will have my little version of the scene and I will suddenly see Lia do hers and think 'How could I have missed that?'


Best Actress in a Supporting Role 2013

We're really proud to work so closely with the Donmar Warehouse, a powerhouse of talent that consistently produces some of the best theatre the world over. It's especially wonderful to have Cush Jumbo recognised for the part she played in one of the most innovative productions of recent times: an all-female production of Julius Caesar, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (films Mama Mia! and The Iron Lady).

Name: Cush Jumbo
Nominated for: Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse
Best known for: science fiction drama Torchwood, Children of Earth

Describe how you feel to be nominated: Chuffed, honoured, a little bit shocked and really pleased.
Secret dream role on stage: Cleopatra.
Pre-performance rituals or superstitions: I ring my mum.
Favourite theatre: The Donmar Warehouse.
Best piece of advice given: To enjoy every day.
Why does theatre matter? Theatre is people telling stories and taking other people on a journey with them somewhere exciting where they probably might not be able to go in their everyday life.


Best Actor in a Musical 2013


Name: Will Young
Nominated for: Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre
Best known for: winning the 2002 inaugural series of Pop Idol and his debut single 'Anything is Possible'

Describe how you feel to be nominated: Extremely proud.
Best piece of advice given: Treat people how you expect to be treated.
Why does theatre matter? It teaches you things about life.


MasterCard Best New Play 2013


Name: Nick Payne, playwright
Nominated for: Constellations at the Duke of York's Theatre
Up next: a film adaptation of Constellations

Describe how you feel to be nominated: Pleased, anxious and nervous.
Best piece of advice given: Just write the kind of play you want to write.
Secret dream role: Roxie Hart in Chicago.
Why does theatre matter? I think because in terms of working in theatre you can take more risks, I would argue, than you could in any other medium. And also for audiences because [...] there are very few art forms that really need an audience live.


Best Revival 2013


Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios

Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios

What better way is there to introduce in Jamie Lloyd Productions (a partnership between ATG and acclaimed director Jamie Lloyd) and his Trafalgar Transformed season of plays at our intimate Trafalgar Studios? This nomination for Lloyd's inaugural production feels like karma after the wonderful '15 Macbeth Monday outreach ticket scheme, and especially great timing with Lloyd's second production – Pinter's The Hothouse – hotting up the rehearsal room right now.


BBC Radio 2 Audience Award 2013

Best New Musical 2013

Best Lighting & Sound Design Lee Curran & David McSeveney

Soul Sister

Best Entertainment & Family 2013

Best Musical Revival 2013

Best performance in a supporting role in a musical: Sian Phillips – Cabaret

Goodnight Mister Tom
Sian Phillips in Cabaret

The full list of Olivier Award 2013 winners

Best actor: Luke Treadaway - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Best actress: Helen Mirren - The Audience

Best actor in a supporting role: Richard McCabe - The Audience

Best actress in a supporting role: Nicola Walker - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Mastercard best new play: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Best director: Marianne Elliott - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Best actor in a musical: Michael Ball - Sweeney Todd

Best actress in a musical: Imelda Staunton - Sweeney Todd

Best performance in a supporting role in a musical: Leigh Zimmerman - A Chorus Line

Best new musical: Top Hat

Best revival: Long Day's Journey Into Night

Best musical revival: Sweeney Todd

Best entertainment and family: Goodnight Mister Tom

White Light Award for best lighting design: Paule Constable - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Best sound design: Ian Dickinson - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Best costume design: Jon Morrell - Top Hat

XL video award for best set design: Bunny Christie & Finn Ross - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Best new dance production: Aeternum by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon

Outstanding achievement in dance: Marianela Nunez for Aeternum, Diana & Actaeon and Viscera, The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera


Best theatre choreographer: Bill Deamer - Top Hat

Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre: The season of new writing at the Royal Court Upstairs

Best new opera production: Einstein On The Beach at the Barbican Theatre

Outstanding achievement in opera: Bryan Hymel for his performances in Les Troyens, Robert Le Diable and Rusalka at the Royal Opera House

BBC Radio 2 audience award: Billy Elliot The Musical

Special Award: Gillian Lynne; Michael Frayn

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Laurence Olivier Awards 2013