Billy Elliot and Hedda Gabler Top 2006 Olivier Awards

News   Billy Elliot and Hedda Gabler Top 2006 Olivier Awards Billy Elliot – The Musical and Hedda Gabler each scooped four awards at the 30th annual Laurence Olivier Awards held in London, Feb 26, 2006.
Olivier Winner Liam Mower in Billy Elliot
Olivier Winner Liam Mower in Billy Elliot Photo by David Scheinmann

Brian Dennehy received the Best Actor Award for his Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, while Eve Best took the Best Actress gong for her Hedda Gabler.

For the Best Actor in a Musical Award, the accolade was split between James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower who rotated in the title role of Billy Elliot. The equivalent Best Actress award went to Jane Krakowski for her portrayal of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. And Sir Ian McKellen received the Society of London Theatre’s Special Award, for his outstanding contribution to theatre.

The winners are:

BEST ACTRESS
Eve Best for Hedda Gabler at the Almeida and Duke of York’s

BEST ACTOR
Brian Dennehy for Death of a Salesman at the Lyric BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Noma Dumezweni for A Raisin in the Sun Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith

BEST NEW PLAY
On the Shore of the Wide World by Simon Stephens at the Cottesloe

BEST NEW COMEDY
Heroes by Gérald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard at Wyndham’s

BEST ENTERTAINMENT
Something Wicked This Way Comes at the Cambridge

BEST REVIVAL
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Richard Eyre at the Almeida and Duke of York’s

BEST NEW MUSICAL
Billy Elliot – The Musical book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John at the Victoria Palace

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Guys and Dolls music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows at the Piccadilly

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jane Krakowski for Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower for Billy Elliot - The Musicalat the Victoria Palace

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Celia Imrie for Acorn Antiques – The Musical! at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Eyre for Hedda Gabler at the Almeida and Duke of York’s

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Peter Darling for Billy Elliot - The Musical at the Victoria Palace

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Don Carlos designed by Paule Constable at the Gielgud

BEST SET DESIGN
Hedda Gabler designed by Rob Howell at the Almeida and Duke of York’s

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Dog in the Manger designed by Es Devlin at the Playhouse

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Billy Elliot – The Musical designed by Paul Arditti at the Victoria Palace

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Bloody Sunday – Scenes From the Saville Inquiry at the Tricycle Theatre

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant’s PUSH at Sadler’s Wells

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Pina Bausch for the creation of NELKEN and PALERMO PALERMO at Sadler’s Wells

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
English National Opera's Madam Butterfly at the London Coliseum

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Simon Keenlyside for his performances in the Royal Opera's 1984 at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera’s Billy Budd at the London Coliseum

THE SOCIETY OF LONDON THEATRE SPECIAL AWARD
Sir Ian McKellen.