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