At Olivier Awards as U.K. Theaters Remain Shut, Andrew Scott and Ian McKellen Win


The prizes were offered during a pre-recorded function streamed on the web and appeared on British TV.

Andrew Scott and Ian McKellen were among acting victors as Britain’s Laurence Olivier Awards commended the best of the London stage in mixed style Sunday night — most U.K. theaters stay shut due to the Covid pandemic.

Stage blinds descended when Britain went into lockdown in March, and the infection likewise left the arranged springtime service for Britain’s driving honors for theater, show and move. Rather the prizes were offered during a pre-recorded function streamed on the web and appeared on British TV.

Fleabag star Scott was named best entertainer in a play for his chance as a narcissistic entertainer in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. Sharon D. Clarke won the best entertainer prize for her presentation as an American female authority in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell won coordinating honor for a similar creation, which included Black entertainers in the focal functions of the striving Loman family.

McKellen won an uncommon Olivier — his seventh — for his one-man 80th birthday celebration visit through the U.K., arranged before the pandemic as a pledge drive for territorial theaters. Choreographer Matthew Bourne won a record ninth Olivier, close by associate Stephen Mears, for his armada footed work on Mary Poppins.

Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, which tends to history and the Holocaust through the narrative of a Viennese Jewish family, was named best new play. The best melodic prize went to Dear Evan Hansen.

Chief Jamie Lloyd’s creation of Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring James McAvoy, was named best restoration of a play, while a Trevor Nunn-coordinated creation of Fiddler on the Roof took the prize for best melodic recovery.

England lifted its full lockdown in June yet stays under severe cutoff points on social blending as it attempts to control another influx of Covid diseases. A modest bunch of theaters have resumed to diminished, socially separated crowds, yet many are as yet closed and depending on crisis subsidizing from the legislature to remain above water.

Olivier coordinators state the following honors function will probably not be until 2022, on the grounds that so little work has been organized for the current year.

Sovereign Charles’ better half, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, introduced lyricist Don Black with an extraordinary Olivier Award for a six-decade vocation that incorporates verses for Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, for example, Sunset Boulevard and Starlight Express and James Bond subjects including Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever.

Camilla, who recorded her commitment at London’s Palladium theater Tuesday, said Black’s “awesome verses have become part of the texture of our lives.”

The duchess asked those working in theater to “please stay strong — we need you and we have missed you.”

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