Central is delighted to announce that a number of alumni have been successful at the 2016 Olivier Awards.
The 40th anniversary Olivier Awards Ceremony was held on Sunday 3 April at Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House and was hosted by musical theatre legend Michael Ball.
Alumna and Honorary Fellow Dame Judi Dench made history with her Best Supporting Actress win, recognising her performance in Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s The Winter’s Tale. This success marks her record-breaking 8th Olivier Award win, and is one of a number of recent accolades which she has been awarded, including a WhatsonStage Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespeare Performance.
Other successful alumni include Tom Gibbons, who was awarded Best Sound Design for his work on Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed People, Places and Things and which also featured Movement Direction by alumna Polly Bennett, as well as Jessica Swale’s lauded new production of Nell Gwyn, starring Gemma Arterton, which was awarded Best New Comedy. Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s production The Phantom of The Opera won The Magic Radio’s Audience Award, ShowStopper! The Improvised Musical, which includes performance from Justin Brett, won Best Entertainment and Family, and Hangmen featuring James Dryden, won Virgin Atlantic Best New Play. And Robert Icke won Best Director for Sonia Friedman Productions’ Oresteia.
With an impressive four total wins Gypsy, directed by Jonathan Kent with sound design from Paul Groothuis, voice coaching from Penny Dyer and featuring performance from Peter Davison, won Best Musical Revival.
Congratulations to all of the members of Central’s community who were successful at this year’s Awards ceremony!