facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

The 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 21 April 2008

On Sunday 9 March, the cream of Theatreland descended on Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane for the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards, hosted by the esteemed Richard E Grant.

The Official London Theatre team joined the stars at the venue to deliver the best and most comprehensive coverage of the event to your computer. You can now see photos from the night, read our running commentary on The Alternate and watch our exclusive video footage.

The award winners:
Listed in order of presentation.

Best Lighting Design – Howard Harrison for Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Macbeth

Best Sound Design – Paul Arditti and Jocelyn Pook for the National's production of Saint Joan

Best Newcomer in a Play – Tom Hiddleston for his role of Posthumus in Cymbeline at the Barbican

Best New Dance Production – The Royal Ballet for its revival of George Balanchine’s three-part ballet Jewels at the Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Dance – The Royal Ballet for its revival of George Balanchine’s three-part ballet Jewels at the Royal Opera House

Best Costume Design – Vicki Mortimer for The Man Of Mode at the National Theatre

Best Set Design – Rae Smith and Handspring Puppet Company for the National's production of War Horse

Outstanding Achievement or Performance in an Affiliate Theatre – Gone Too Far! in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Rory Kinnear in the role of Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man Of Mode at the National Theatre

Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse

Best Actress – Kristin Scott Thomas in the role of Arkadina in the Royal Court’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Tracie Bennett in Hairspray

Best Theatre Choreographer – Toby Sedgewick for War Horse

Best Actress in a Musical – Leanne Jones in Hairspray

Best Actor in a Musical – Michael Ball in Hairspray

Best New Opera Production – Pelléas et Mélisande at the Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Opera – Natalie Dessay for her performance in La Fille Du Régiment at the Royal Opera House

Best Revival – Saint Joan revived at the National Theatre

Best Musical Revival – The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo at the Young Vic

Best New Play – A Disappearing Number at the Barbican

Best New Comedy – Rafta Rafta performed at the National Theatre

Best Director – Rupert Goold for his production of Macbeth at the Gielgud

Best New Musical – Hairspray

Special Award – Andrew Lloyd Webber


Sign up

Related articles

Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

For more than 40 years, TKTS was our on-the-day theatre ticket box office in Leicester Square. Currently closed due to the current situation, we are now selling our great last minute seats and prices online. Click here to learn more.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.