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Encyclopedia > Laurence Olivier Awards

The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907–11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


The awards are organized by The Society of London Theatre in London. The Society of London Theatre (previously The Society of West End Theatre) is an umbrella organization for West End theatre in London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

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Awards

The following list shows the winners in the principal categories since 1989/90. See the link to the official site below for other categories and earlier years.


Best new play

2007 – Blackbird by David Harrower This article refers to the animal Blackbird, for other uses see Blackbird (disambiguation) Binomial name Turdus merula Linnaeus, 1758 // Blackbird The Blackbird or Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae. ... David Harrower (1966 - ) is a Scottish playwright born in Edinburgh, who still lives in Scotland (Glasgow as of 2005). ...


2005 – The History Boys by Alan Bennett The History Boys is a play by English playwright Alan Bennett. ... Published by Faber/Profile Books in 2005 Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor famous for his work, schoolboy-like appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent. ...


2004 – The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh The Pillowman is a play by Martin McDonagh. ... Martin McDonagh (born 26 March 1970) is a contemporary British playwright. ...


2003 – Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright Vincent in Brixton is a play about Vincent Van Gogh written by Nicholas Wright. ...


2002 – Jitney by August Wilson Jitney is a play in two acts by American playwright August Wilson. ... August Wilson August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. ...


2001 – Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. ... Joe Penhall is a writer. ...


2000 – Goodnight Children Everywhere by Richard Nelson Poseidon is a movie remake of the classic disaster film The Poseidon Adventure, based on the novel by Paul Gallico. ...


1999 – The Weir by Conor McPherson Conor McPherson (born August 6, 1971) is an Irish playwright and director. ...


1998 – Closer by Patrick Marber Closer is the second play written by Patrick Marber. ... Patrick Marber (born 19 September 1964) is an English playwright, screenplay writer, director and actor. ...


1997 – Stanley by Pam Gems Pam Gems (born August 1, 1925) is an English playwright considered to be part of the Feminist Theatre group which also includes Caryl Churchill. ...


1996 – Skylight by David Hare David Hare (born June 5, 1947) is an English dramatist and director. ...


1995 – Broken Glass by Arthur Miller Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist and author. ...


1994 – Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Arcadia is a play by Tom Stoppard which first opened at the Royal National Theatre in London on 13 April 1993 and has played at many theatres since. ... Tom Stoppard in a 1985 documentary for the film Brazil Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE (born Tomáš Straussler on July 3, 1937) is an Academy Award winning British playwright. ...


1993 РSix Degrees of Separation by John Guare Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 film based on the John Guare play, starring Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Will Smith. ... John Guare (pronounced gw̢r, born 5 February 1938) is an American playwright. ...


1992 – Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman Death and the Maiden (La muerte y la doncella) is a play by Ariel Dorfman, first published in 1991. ... Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942) is a Jewish Chilean novelist, dramatist, essayist, and human rights activist. ...


1991 – Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel Dancing at Lughnasa (see references to Lughnasa, or Lughnasadh, the ancient pagan ritual) is a play by Brian Friel set in Irelands County Donegal in August 1936. ... Brian Friel (born January 9, 1929) is a playwright and director from Northern Ireland. ...


1989/90 – Racing Demon by David Hare Racing Demon is a 1990 play by British playwright David Hare. ... David Hare (born June 5, 1947) is an English dramatist and director. ...


Best Director

2007 – Dominic Cooke for The Crucible The Crucible is a play that was first written by Arthur Miller in 1952. ...


1995 – Trevor Nunn for The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk Sir Trevor King (born 14 January 1940) is a loser and film director. ... Title page of the first quarto (1600) The Merchant of Venice is one of William Shakespeares best-known plays, written sometime between 1594 and 1597. ... Summerfolk (Russian: ) is theatre play written in 1903 by Maxim Gorky. ...


Best actor

2007 – Rufus Sewell for Rock 'n Roll Rufus Frederik Sewell (born October 29, 1967) is an English actor. ... Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


2005 – Richard Griffiths for The History Boys Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Richard Griffiths (born 31 July 1947 in Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, England) is an English actor. ... The History Boys is a play by English playwright Alan Bennett. ...


2004 – Matthew Kelly for Of Mice and Men Matthew Kelly (born, 9 May 1950, Urmston, Lancashire, England) is an English actor who made his name as a television presenter. ... Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinbeck, first published in 1937, which tells the tragic story of George and Lennie, two displaced Anglo migrant farm workers in California during the Great Depression (1929-1939). ...


2003 – Simon Russell Beale for Uncle Vanya Simon Russell Beale (born January 12, 1961, in Penang, Malaya) is an accomplished British actor. ... Anton Chekhov (left) and Maxim Gorky in Yalta. ...


2002 – Roger Allam for Privates on Parade Roger Allam (born October 26, 1953) is an English actor, best known for his stage career. ...


2001 – Conleth Hill for Stones in his Pockets Conleth Hill is an actor. ...


2000 – Henry Goodman for The Merchant of Venice Henry Goodman is a theatre actor. ... Title page of the first quarto (1600) The Merchant of Venice is one of William Shakespeares best-known plays, written sometime between 1594 and 1597. ...


1999 – Kevin Spacey for The Iceman Cometh Kevin Spacey (born Kevin Spacey Fowler[1] on July 26, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... The Iceman Cometh is a play by Eugene ONeill, which was later made into a TV movie in 1960 as well as a big screen motion picture in 1973, both by the same name. ...


1998 – Ian Holm for King Lear Sir Ian Holm Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931), born as Ian Holm Cuthbert, is an English actor. ... Title page of the first quarto edition, published in 1608 King Lear is generally regarded as one of William Shakespeares greatest tragedies. ...


1997 – Antony Sher for Stanley Sir Antony Sher KBE (born 14 June 1949) is an actor and novelist. ...


1996 – Alex Jennings for Peer Gynt Alex Jennings (born 10 May 1957 in Essex) is an English actor. ... Peer Gynt is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ...


1995 – David Bamber for My Night with Reg David Bamber as Marcus Tullius Cicero in the television series Rome. ... My Night with Reg is a play by British playwright Kevin Elyot (born 1951) which was produced in 1994 by the Royal Court Theatre, London (directed by Roger Michell) and which later transferred to the West End (playscript: ISBN 1854592726); and a British film (1996) based on Elyots play...


1994 – Mark Rylance for Much Ado About Nothing Mark Rylance (born January 18, 1960) is an internationally well-known actor and theatre director. ... Title page of the first quarto (1600) Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


1993 – Robert Stephens for Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 Sir Robert Stephens (July 14, 1931 – November 12, 1995) was a leading actor in the early years of Britains Royal National Theatre. ... Title page of the first quarto (1598) The History of Henrie the Fourth, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare. ... Henry IV part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, first published as part of Shakespeares First Folio. ...


1992 – Nigel Hawthorne for The Madness of George III Sir Nigel Hawthorne, CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was a renowned English actor. ... The Madness of King George is a 1994 film which tells the story of King George IIIs deteriorating mental health, and the equally declining relationship between him and his son, the Prince of Wales, particularly focusing on the period around the Regency Crisis of 1788. ...


1991 – Ian McKellen for Richard III Sir Ian Murray McKellen CBE, (born May 25, 1939) is a veteran English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... Frontispage of the First Quarto Richard The Third. ...


1989/90 – Oliver Ford Davies for Racing Demon Oliver Ford Davies is an award winning actor. ... Racing Demon is a 1990 play by British playwright David Hare. ...


Best actress

2007 – Tamsin Greig for Much Ado About Nothing Tamsin Greig is a British actress. ... Title page of the first quarto (1600) Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


2005 – Clare Higgins for Hecuba This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


2004 – Eileen Atkins for Honour Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born June 16, 1934 in London, England) is a British writer and an award-winning film and theatre actress. ... Alexander Hamilton defending his honor by obliging to duel Aaron Burr. ...


2003 – Clare Higgins for Vincent in Brixton Vincent in Brixton is a play about Vincent Van Gogh written by Nicholas Wright. ...


2002 – Lindsay Duncan for Private Lives Lindsay Duncan (born on 7 November 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish actress. ... Private Lives is a play written by Noel Coward in 1930. ...


2001 – Julie Walters for All My Sons Julia Mary Walters, OBE (born February 22, 1950) is an English Golden Globe-winning actress. ... All My Sons is the name of a 1947 play by Arthur Miller. ...


2000 – Janie Dee for Comic Potential Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn is a romantic sci-fi comedy. ...


1999 – Eileen Atkins for The Unexpected Man Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born June 16, 1934 in London, England) is a British writer and an award-winning film and theatre actress. ... Elika Abdolrazaghi, as The Woman, in The Unexpected Man, (from a production by Naqshineh Theatre). ...


1998 – Zoe Wanamaker for Electra Zoe Wanamaker as Madam Hooch Zoë Wanamaker, Honorary CBE (born May 13, 1949 in New York City) is an American-born actress who lives and works in the United Kingdom. ... Electra or Elektra is a Greek tragic play by Sophocles. ...


1997 – Janet McTeer for A Doll's House Janet McTeer (8 May 1961-) is a British actor. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: A Dolls House A Dolls House (original Norwegian title: Et dukkehjem) is an 1879 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ...


1996 – Judi Dench for Absolute Hell Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ...


1995 – Clare Higgins for Sweet Bird of Youth Sweet Bird of Youth is a play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a drifter, Chance Wayne, who returns to his home town with a faded movie star, Princess Kosmonopolis, hoping she can help him to break into the movies. ...


1994 – Fiona Shaw for Machinal Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Machinal (1928) was a play written by early 20th Century playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell. ...


1993 – Alison Steadman for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Alison Steadman (born 26 August 1946 in Liverpool) is an English actress. ...


1992 – Juliet Stevenson for Death and the Maiden Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson (born October 30, 1956) is an English actress. ... Death and the Maiden (La muerte y la doncella) is a play by Ariel Dorfman, first published in 1991. ...


1991 – Kathryn Hunter for The Visit Kathryn Hunter is an English actress who has had many roles involved with British television. ... The Visit is the title of various English translations of Friedrich Dürrenmatts play Der Besuch der alten Dame (literally, The Visit of the Old Lady). It is probably the most well-known of his work, at least in the English-speaking world. ...


1989/90 – Fiona Shaw for Electra, As You Like It and The Good Person of Sezuan Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Electra or Elektra is a Greek tragic play by Sophocles. ... Scene from As you like it, Francis Hayman, c. ... < die gute Person des i>The von Sezuan, auch bekannt als die gute Frau von Setzuan, ist ein Spiel durch [ [ Deutschland|Deutscher ] ] [ [ playwright ] ], [ [ Dichter ] ], Theater [ [ Kritiker ] ] und [ [ Theoretiker ] ] [ [ Bertolt Brecht ] ]. Es wurde innen [ [ 1943 ] ] w�hrend der Autor in tempor�rem self-imposed politischem exile innen lebte [ [ die Vereinigten Staaten...


Best Supporting Actor

2007 – Jim Norton for The Seafarer Jim Norton (born 1938) was an American college and professional football player. ... Among the most interesting poems included in The Exeter Book are The Wanderer and The Seafarer, poems in which a first-person speaker tells of his exile and solitude. ...


2004 – Warren Mitchell for The Price Warren Mitchell, (born 14 January 1926, Stoke Newington, London) is a British-born actor with Australian citizenship. ... The Price aired as episode #156 in the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation first broadcast on November 13, 1989. ...


2002 – Toby Jones for The Play What I Wrote Toby Jones (born 1967) is a British actor. ... The Play What I Wrote is a farsical musical written by AMISH McCOLL and SEAN FOLEY and EDDIE BRADEN debuted in Londons West End Theater district to rave reviews. ...


2001 – Ben Daniels for All My Sons Ben Daniels (born June 10, 1964) is a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award winning British actor. ... All My Sons is the name of a 1947 play by Arthur Miller. ...


2000 – Roger Allam for Money Roger Allam (born October 26, 1953) is an English actor, best known for his stage career. ...


1997 – Trevor Eve for Uncle Vanya Trevor Eve (b. ...


1995 – Ken Stott for Broken Glass Ken Stott is a Scottish film and television actor, particularly known in the United Kingdom for his many roles in the latter medium. ...


1994 – Joseph Mydell for Perestroika


1993 – Julian Glover for Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2) Julian Wyatt Glover (born March 27, 1935) is an English actor. ...


1992 – Oleg Menshikov for When She Danced Oleg Menshikov (right) in the 2005 Fandorin-movie The Councillor of State. ...


1991 – David Bradley for King Lear David J. Bradley (b. ...


1984 – Edward Petherbridge for Strange Interlude Edward Petherbridge is a British actor. ...


1983 – Alan Devlin for A Moon for the Misbegotten


1982 – David Healy for Guys and Dolls People called David Healy include: A Northern Irish football player: David Healy (footballer). ...


1981 – Joe Melia for Good


1980 – David Threlfall for Nicholas Nickleby David Threlfall (born 12 October 1953, Manchester) is a British actor known for his role as Frank Gallagher in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series Shameless. ...


1979 – Patrick Stewart for Antony and Cleopatra Patrick Stewart, OBE, (born July 13, 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor and Vice-Chancellor of Huddersfield University. ...


1978 – Robert Eddison for Twelfth Night


1977 – Nigel Hawthorne for Privates on Parade Sir Nigel Hawthorne, CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was a renowned English actor. ...


See also

// West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... The Evening Standard Awards are presented annually for oustanding achievements in London Theatre. ... The London Critics Circle Theatre Awards (Drama Theatre Awards until 1990) are presented annually for achievements in London Theatre. ...

External links

  • Official website

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