April 12, 2015

This just in....

  • The Young Vic’s A View From The Bridge takes home Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo Van Hove.
  • Hampstead Theatre’s West End transfer of Sunny Afternoon wins the most awards for any single production and is crowned MasterCard Best New Musical 
  • Dame Angela Lansbury receives her first Olivier for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Blithe Spirit and Penelope Wilton is named Best Actress for Taken At Midnight 
  • Mike Bartlett takes home two prizes – Virgin Atlantic Best New Play, King Charles III, and Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Bull
  • Dame Judi Dench presented Kevin Spacey with his Special Award before he took to the stage for a special musical performance with Beverley Knight
  • Akram Khan performs to mark Sylvie Guillem’s Special Award, which she received from Sir Anthony Dowell 
  • Wicked wins the hotly contested This Morning Audience Award

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, were announced tonight (Sunday 12 April 2015) in front of a packed audience at the glamorous ceremony held at London’s Royal Opera House. The full list is available below and online at www.olivierawards.com

Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian Lenny Henry, the ceremony featured a showstopping finale with Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight performing a one-off version of Bridge Over Troubled Water with the full Oliviers Orchestra and the 90-strong Arts Educational Choir under Musical Director Larry Blank.

Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic are the big winners of the night, winning four awards each. Hampstead Theatre’s hugely successful West End transfer Sunny Afternoonwas crowned MasterCard Best New Musical and received acting nods for its stars John Dagleish and George Maguire (Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical) who play brothers Ray and Dave Davies in The Kinks musical. Legendary musician Ray Davies had further cause to celebrate when he recieved the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for the Sunny Afternoon score.

The Young Vic’s wins include the prestigious Best Revival Award for A View From The Bridge, for which Mark Strong won Best Actor and Ivo Van Hove was named Best Director. Mike Bartlett’s Bull, which was staged at The Maria at the Young Vic, won the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Award. 

Bartlett left the ceremony tonight with a second 2015 Olivier Award, the Virgin Atlantic Best New Play prize for his modern history play King Charles III, which enjoyed sell out runs at the Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre. This brings the British playwright’s number of Olivier Awards up to three, having previously won Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2010 for the play Cock.

Nathaniel Parker won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre. Christopher Oram’s period dress for the Royal Shakespeare Company production, which has just opened on Broadway, also took home Best Costume Design. 

The Donmar Warehouse’s sell out production of City Of Angels won the much coveted Magic Radio Best Musical Revival prize, as well as the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design which went to Howard Harrison.

Dame Angela Lansbury received her first ever Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The role of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit marked the multi-Tony Award winner’s return to the London stage after an absence of nearly 40 years. Penelope Wilton was crowned Best Actress for her performance in Taken At Midnight, beating stiff competition from Gillian Anderson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Imelda Staunton.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical saw Katie Brayben and Lorna Want win the awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for their on stage portrayals of songwriters Carole King and Cynthia Weil respectively.

Memphis The Musical was awarded two Oliviers in the categories for Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Sound Design, which went to Sergio Trujillo and Gareth Owen. The XL Video Award for Best Set Design was given to multi-Olivier winning designer Es Devlin for The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

The Play That Goes Wrong, which originally opened as a one-act show at the Old Red Lion Theatre before transferring to Trafalgar Studios and ultimately the Duchess Theatre in the West End, was awarded Best New Comedy. La Soirée, which describes itself as a cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque and circus sideshow, received the Best Entertainment & Family Award for its run at the La Soirée Spiegeltent.

In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production was shared by 32 Rue Vandenbrandenby Peeping Tom at the Barbican Theatre and Mats Ek’s Juliet And Romeo by the Royal Swedish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells.  The award for Oustanding Achievement in Dance went to Crystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates – A Picture Of You FallingThe Tempest Replica and Polaris also at Sadler’s Wells.

Richard Jones was recognised for his direction of The Girl Of The Golden WestThe Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and Rodelinda at the London Coliseum in the Outstanding Achievement in Opera category. English National Opera’s The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg also picked up the award for Best New Opera Production.

This year’s Special Award winners were the groundbreaking classical and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem, who was presented her award by Sir Anthony Dowell, and Kevin Spacey, who recieved his award from Dame Judi Dench in recognition of his tenure as Artistic Director at The Old Vic Theatre and contribution to the London stage.

The only publicly voted prize, the This Morning Audience Award, was won by Wicked

On the night the live Oliviers Orchestra performed with orchestrations and original music by conducter Larry Blank, and further orchestrations by Mark Cumberland

There were also special performances from all the nominated productions in both the MasterCard Best New Musical and Magic Radio Best Musical Revival categories, including performances by Nicole Scherzinger, dancer Akram Khan and a number from Here Lies Love by leading lady Natalie Mendoza and Talking Heads’ David Byrne, who co-created the show with Fatboy Slim

The evening’s show also included a live link to a free public Olivier Awards celebration on the ITV stage in Covent Garden Piazza hosted by Alison Hammond and West End leading man Michael Xavier, where hundreds of theatre-lovers enjoyed West End performances and a live big screen relay of the ceremony.

The awards are broadcast via extensive highlights on ITV from 22:15 and then available on ITV Player. The Olivier Awards 2015 voiceover is by Julie Walters.

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Who will be the next Dr Who...?

April 8, 2015
...sorry... Henry V!  It only occurred to me whilst talking to a former Dr Who actor, that for our Henry V we will be recruiting the fifth actor to reincarnate the role since we first performed it back in 1992 - a bit like the famous BBC series does!

We're actively searching now for a new actor to take on the huge role!  It's always been a big ask!  The actor is onstage constantly for over an hour, has to play twelve characters with conviction and fight the Battle of Agincourt at the end!

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Neville Owen, a Boy's Man! RIP.

March 7, 2015
Forgive my indulgence. This post isn't really anything directly to do with The London Literary Pub Crawl, other than the fact I wrote the tour and the journal/diary I wrote in 1997 (How To Make a Crisis Out Of A Drama) is being released by Maverick Theatre to celebrate its 21st Birthday. Although booze plays a part, because this is about the first time I got drunk!  And Neville Owen died last month and I went to his funeral, so I wanted to mark his passing. I wrote this in 1997 and I hope it ...
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That's (Animal Farm) showbiz!

February 5, 2015
Bummer!  We had the rights to perform George Orwell's Animal Farm for all of 8 weeks, till the 'principle agent' changed their mind and decided to cancel our license.  It probably means a commercial theatre producer has decided to try a production. Which is good for us fans of Orwell, but not so good for WE fans of Orwell.  

A bit like when we performed 'Under Milk Wood' in the Wheatsheaf in Fitzrovia, London, the pub where Dylan Thomas met his wife.  It was commercially stupid to mount such a...
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Review of 2014.

January 12, 2015

We started 2014 in the shadow of the previous year.

My experiment with theatre in a pub, as opposed to Pub Theatre as it's understood in London, had proved very successful in 2013.  I managed to get the rights to produce Under Milk Wood on the 60th anniversary of Dylan Thomas' death.  It proved a success in a number of ways, but mainly though conversations with the excellent veteran theatre director John Adams.  John was not available to direct, but he recommended a former student of his who ...

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About Me

Nick Hennegan Hello. I started the London Literary Pub Crawl and most of the blogs on here will be by me. I've always written but my first theatrical success was an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Henry V'. I founded Maverick Theatre in 1994. This pub crawl is really more a promenade theatre performance than a tour and I'm running it with Katie Merritt, who came on board to direct in 2014 and a bunch of enthusiastic local actors and writers. I love sharing my passion for the area and the artists. I also present a radio show on Resonance 104.4fm - London's Arts Station. It's called 'Literary London' and is on Fridays at 7pm (and repeated Weds at 7am.) If you haven't visited us in London yet, I hope you'll come soon. And feel free to leave comments or email me at nick @ LiteraryLondon.co - I reply to them all and I love to hear from you.


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