Winners of the Laurence Olivier Awards 2012

The Laurence Olivier Award (or simply the Olivier Award) is presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognise excellence in professional theatre. Named after the renowned British actor Laurence Olivier, they are given for West End shows and other productions staged in London.

The Olivier Awards are recognised internationally as the highest honour in British theatre and are considered to be the theatre industry equivalent of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for television and film; in terms of theatre, they are the British equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.

The 2012 Laurence Olivier Award Ceremony was held at the Royal Opera House on 15 April 2012.

Full Winners list of the Laurence Olivier Awards 2012

2012 olivier awards winners best dress

Winning streak: Sophia Kiely, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Kerry Ingram and Cleo Demetriou pose with their awards with Bertie Carvel, winner of Best Actor who plays Miss Trunchball

Mastercard best new play

Collaborators at the Cottesloe

Best revival

Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse

Best entertainment and family

Derren Brown – Svengali at the Shaftesbury

Best actress

Ruth Wilson for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse

Best actor

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for Frankenstein at the Olivier

Best performance in a supporting role

Sheridan Smith for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Best actress in a musical

The Matildas for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge (Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox)

Best actor in a musical

Bertie Carvel for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge

Best performance in a supporting role in a musical

Nigel Harman for Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Best new musical

Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge

Best musical revival

Crazy for You at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best director

Matthew Warchus for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge

Best theatre choreographer

Peter Darling for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge

Best lighting design

Frankenstein, designed by Bruno Poet at the Olivier

XL Video award for best set design

Matilda the Musical, designed by Rob Howell at the Cambridge

Best costume design

Crazy for You, designed by Peter McKintosh at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best sound design

Matilda the Musical, designed by Simon Baker at the Cambridge

Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre

Theatre Royal, Stratford East in association with the Barbican and Traverse Theatre for Roadkill

Best new opera production

English National Opera’s Castor and Pollux at the London Coliseum

Outstanding achievement in opera

ENO, for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme

Outstanding achievement in dance

Edward Watson for his performance in The Metamorphosis at the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

Best new dance production

Desh by Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells, choreographed by Akram Khan

BBC Radio 2 Olivier audience award

Les Misérables

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