17th February, 2002
Olivier Awards Winners
There were few real surprises in the 26th Olivier Awards announced on
Friday. Phantom of the Opera won the Audience Award for the Most
Popular Show, fighting it out with Cats and other long-running
productions, and Lindsay Duncan and Roger Allam won Best Actress and
Best Actor respectively. Most surprising was probably Martine McCutcheon's
Best Actress in a Musical award, not so much for the fact that it was
her, but because, due to illness, she only appeared for half the performances
she was contracted for.
One real surprise was the fact that there was nothing for Kiss me,
Kate, which had been expected to garner at least one award.
The full list of the Awards is here.
British interest in the Oscar nominations include:
- Best Actor: Russell Crowe
- Best Actress: Judi Dench
- Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent, Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellen
- Supporting Actress: Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith
- Art Direction: Gosford Park, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
- Cinematography: Lord of the Rings
- Directing: Gosford Park, Lord of the Rings
- Film Editing: Lord of the Rings
- Make-Up: Lord of the Rings
- Music (Score): Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
- Music (Song): Lord of the Rings
- Best Picture: Gosford Park, Lord of the Rings
- Sound: Lord of the Rings
- Visual Effects: Lord of the Rings
- Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Lord of the Rings
- Writing (Original Screenplay): Gosford Park
The winners of the theatre-related categories in Variety's fiftieth
annual Showbusiness Awards were:
- Musical Theatre Award: My Fair Lady
- Best Stage Actor: Alan Rickman
- Best Stage Actress: Lindsay Duncan
Scacchi to Play
Greta Scacchi is to play Mata Hari in a new play at the Palace, Watford,
in March. The True Life Fiction of Mata Hari, by Diane Samuels,
runs from 12th to 28th March (previews from 8th), after which a transfer
Art Cast Replacement
Richard Griffiths has replaced Barry Foster, who died last week, in
the cast of the long-running comedy Art. He plays Marc. Theother
two cast members, Nigel havers and Roger Lloyd Pack, have extended their
run, and all three will play until 2nd March.
A new sing-along film version of Rice and Lloyd Webber's first show,
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was launched this
week at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. Starring Donny
Osmond as Joseph and having a cast which includes Marie Friedman, Joan
Collins, Alex Jennings, Richard Attenborough, Christopher Biggins and
Ian McNeice. It is jointly directed by David Mallett and Stepehn Pimlott.
If successful, it (and the on-stage entertainment that goes with it)
is expected to go on a national tour later this year.
The Orange Tree
Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre is thirty years old this year and its
spring season celebrates the birthday with a unique Chekhov feeling.
A new translation of The Three Sisters (by Carol Rocamora) is joined
by Three Sisters Too, a continuation of the story afer the Revolution,
written by Reza de Wet. The two plays run in repertory from 27th February
to 20th April.
Also in the anniversary season are Happy Birthday Dear Alice,
a co-production with the Stephen Joseph (24th April to 19th May), and
Harold Pinter's A Kind of Alaska and Gillian Plowman's Me
and My Friend (a double bill), running in rep from 13th to 20th
Spring at the Watermill
The two major highlights of Newbury's Watermill Theatre's spring season
are the premiere of Alan Plater's Only a Matter of Time which
opened on 13th February and a revival of the musical Fiddler on the
Roof, which will be based on the original New York production by
Hal Prince, including Jerome Robbins' choreography. Fiddler runs
from 10th April to 1st June and the Plater production runs until 23rd
Van Outen to Return
Denise Van Outen is to reprise her performance as Roxie Hart on Broadway
and in the West End. She makes her Broadway debut at the Shubert Theatre
from 18th March to 20th April and then reutrns to the London production
at the Adelphi from 29th April to 1st June.
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