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 Post subject: Olivier Awards 2003
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2003 9:27 am 
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Olivier Awards 2003
The full list of nominees for the 27th annual Laurence Olivier Awards in association with Hilton UK and Ireland has just been announced. This year's Awards presentation will be held at the Lyceum theatre on February 14th. From londondance.com:


The dance nominations are:
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
New York City Ballet's POLYPHONIA at Sadler's Wells
Rosas' RAIN at Sadler's Wells
Rennie Harris Puremovement's ROME AND JEWELS at the Peacock Theatre
The Royal Ballet's TRYST at the Royal Opera House

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
The company of KONTAKTHOF presented by Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal at the Barbican
Chiaki Nagao for her performance in Northern Ballet Theatre's MADAME BUTTERFLY at Sadler's Wells
Robyn Orlin for the creative originality of DADDY, I'VE SEEN THIS PIECE SIX TIMES AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY THEY'RE HURTING EACH OTHER at The Pit
Christopher Wheeldon for his choreography of The Royal Ballet's TRYST at the Royal Opera House and New York City Ballet's POLYPHONIA at Sadler's Wells

Susan Stroman's CONTACT at the Queen's and PLAY WITHOUT WORDS devised by Matthew Bourne at the Lyttelton feature in the BEST ENTERTAINMENT nominations.

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Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the 2003 Olivier awards. CriticalDance is an eclectic dance website and we acknowledge the contribution that choreogrphy makes to musicals, underlined by the success of Matthew Bourne in this genre, following on from Ashton, MacMillan and others. Thus over the past year we have reported on all the winners listed below. In addition we reviewed all the dance performances and several of the musicals. So, beneath the winners in each category you will find a link to our coverage, giving newspaper reviews, background articles and our readers' comments and reviews all in one convenient place:

Laurence Olivier Award winners
From the Olivier Awards website:

Winners and nominees relevant to CriticalDance:

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
WINNER: Matthew Bourne and the Company for PLAY WITHOUT WORDS at the Lyttelton
Nominees:
Matthew Bourne and the Company for PLAY WITHOUT WORDS at the Lyttelton
Peter Darling for OUR HOUSE at the Cambridge Craig Revel Horwood for MY ONE AND ONLY at the Piccadilly
Susan Stroman for CONTACT at the Queen's

CriticalDance coverage of "Play Without Words"

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
WINNER: Danses Concertantes' POLYPHONIA at Sadler's Wells[/b]
Nominees:
Danses Concertantes' POLYPHONIA at Sadler's Wells
Rosas' RAIN at Sadler's Wells
Rennie Harris Puremovement's ROME AND JEWELS at the Peacock Theatre
The Royal Ballet's TRYST at the Royal Opera House

CriticalDance coverage of "Polyphonia"

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
WINNER: Robyn Orlin for the creative originality of DADDY, I'VE SEEN THIS PIECE SIX TIMES AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY THEY'RE HURTING EACH OTHER at The Pit
Nominees:
The company of KONTAKTHOF presented by Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal at the Barbican
Chiaki Nagao for her performance in Northern Ballet Theatre's MADAME BUTTERFLY at Sadler's Wells
Robyn Orlin for the creative originality of DADDY, I'VE SEEN THIS PIECE SIX TIMES AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY THEY'RE HURTING EACH OTHER at The Pit
Christopher Wheeldon for his choreography of The Royal Ballet's TRYST at the Royal Opera House and New York City Ballet's POLYPHONIA at Sadler's Wells

CriticalDance coverage of "Daddy"

THE HILTON AWARD FOR BEST NEW MUSICAL

WINNER: OUR HOUSE by Tim Firth, music and lyrics by Madness at the Cambridge
Nominees:
BOMBAY DREAMS music by A R Rahman, lyrics by Don Black, book by Meera Syal based on an idea by Shekhar Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Apollo Victoria
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM/United Artists Motion Picture at the London Palladium
OUR HOUSE by Tim Firth, music and lyrics by Madness at the Cambridge
TABOO music and lyrics by Boy George, book by Mark Davies at The Venue

CriticalDance coverage of "Our House"

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
WINNER: ANYTHING GOES music and lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by PG Wodehouse and Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, new book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman at the Olivier
Nominees:
ANYTHING GOES music and lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by PG Wodehouse and Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, new book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman at the Olivier
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, Joan Littlewood's musical entertainment by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast at the Open Air

CriticalDance coverage of "Anything Goes"

BEST ENTERTAINMENT
WINNER: PLAY WITHOUT WORDS devised by Matthew Bourne, music by Terry Davies at the Lyttelton
Nominees:
CONTACT by Susan Stroman and John Weidman at the Queen's
ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY constructed by John Lahr, reconstructed by Elaine Stritch at The Old Vic
PLAY WITHOUT WORDS devised by Matthew Bourne, music by Terry Davies at the Lyttelton
RORY BREMNER WITH JOHN BIRD AND JOHN FORTUNE at the Albery

CriticalDance coverage of "Play Without Words"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT
WINNER: Joanna Riding for MY FAIR LADY at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nominees:
Janie Dee for MY ONE AND ONLY at the Piccadilly
Joanna Riding for MY FAIR LADY at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Elaine Stritch for ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY at The Old Vic
Sarah Wildor for CONTACT at the Queen's

CriticalDance coverage of "My Fair Lady"

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT
WINNER: Alex Jennings for MY FAIR LADY at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nominees:
Tim Flavin for MY ONE AND ONLY at the Piccadilly
Alex Jennings for MY FAIR LADY at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Michael Jibson for OUR HOUSE at the Cambridge
Euan Morton for TABOO at The Venue

CriticalDance coverage of "My Fair Lady"

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT
WINNER: Paul Baker for TABOO at The Venue
Nominees:
Paul Baker for TABOO at The Venue
Sharon D Clarke for WE WILL ROCK YOU at the Dominion
Jenny Galloway for MY ONE AND ONLY at the Piccadilly
Nichola McAuliffe for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at the London Palladium
Craig Urbani for CONTACT at the Queen's

CriticalDance coverage of "Taboo"


The full list of winners and nominees of the 27th annual Laurence Olivier Awards in association with Hilton UK and Ireland are listed below.
This year's Awards Presentation, sponsored by Hilton UK and Ireland, was held today at the Lyceum Theatre. The Awards will be shown, along with the theatrical highlights of the year, on BBC TWO on February 15 at 8.30pm.

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Mendes triumphs at Oliviers
From the BBC website

Director Sam Mendes has become the first ever triple winner at the Olivier Theatre Awards, saying his love for partner Kate Winslet inspired him.
Mendes collected the best director and best revival awards at the prestigious ceremony for his swansong plays Twelfth Night and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and received a third trophy to mark his 10 years at the Donmar theatre.

But Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow was left disappointed after being pipped to the best actress award by Clare Higgins for Vincent in Brixton.

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Triple crown for Mendes at Oliviers
Director who put Donmar on the map gets special award at London ceremony where National's Nunn was praised by almost every winner by Maev Kennedy for The Guardian


Sam Mendes, now more famous as a film director since his Oscar-winning American Beauty and Oscar-nominated Road to Perdition, yesterday picked up an unprecedented three Olivier Awards for his final season at the Donmar Warehouse, the tiny London theatre which made him a star.
A cheering audience at the awards ceremony in London watched on a video link as he was ambushed and dragged on stage by his cast in Brooklyn, where his twin productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya have now transferred.

He spent 10 years as artistic director of the Donmar, where there was rarely an unsold seat in the house, as he attracted a string of stars to work for him on wages that would not have kept them in shoe leather. Yesterday he became the first person ever to win three Olivier awards, when he took the best director and best revival prizes for his valedictory productions. Uncle Vanya also won Simon Russell Beale the best actor prize.

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Hat-trick of awards confirms Mendes as golden boy of stage
By Cahal Milmo for The Independent

The status of Sam Mendes as the golden boy of the British stage was confirmed yesterday when he became the first person to land three prizes at Britain's most prestigious theatre awards.

The Oscar-winning director, who owed his first job on the stage as much to his cricketing skills as his thespian talents, dominated the Lawrence Olivier Awards in London despite being 3,470 miles away.

He picked up the best director and best revival awards for his farewell productions of Twelfth Night and Chekov's Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, the West End theatre he has now left after spending a decade there as artistic director.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2003 1:27 pm 
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I am so pleased that Matthew Bourne and his troupe of regulars have won two Olivier 2003 awards. "Play Without Words" was one of the highlights of my dance year, producing distinctive entertainment with a dark edge. It showed that Bourne continues to come up with the goods and long may it continue.

Robyn Orlin's "Daddy" was another terrific work and showed that dance theatre can be amusing as well as dealing with serious themes. It doesn't have to be miserable performers shouting at the audience.

"Polyphonia" was so accomplished and danced to perfection by the busking NYCB team, that I am not surprised at the award. Wheeldon is one of the few taking neo-classicism into the 21st C in an interesting and satisfying way.

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Having just seen the San Francisco Ballet perform "Polyphonia," I have to agree with you about Christopher Wheeldon. It was a most satisfying ballet.


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