On Sunday the crème del la crème of acting talent were honoured at the 38th Olivier awards, held at the Royal Opera House. The big win of the night went to the Chimerica which won 5 awards including Best New Play, Best Director for Lyndsey Turner, Best Lighting, Best Sound and Best Set Design. Rory Kinnear deservedly won Best Actor for his role in Othello and Lesley Manville won Best Actress for her part in Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar studios.
The surprise winner of the night was The Book Of Mormon, which scooped up a number of awards including Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel and Best New Musical.
Jesus Christ! Is that John Lydon?
The North American leg of Jesus Christ Superstar has what could definitely be described as a ‘varied’ cast. N*SYNC’s JC Chasez plays Pontius Pilate, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams is Mary Magdalene and Incubus front man Brandon Boyd plays the part of Jedus. The most surprising addition to this eclectic musical cast is John Lydon who will play the part of King Herod. “I’m here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?” he said in a statement.
This performance of Jesus Christ Superstar is described as a “re-imagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular,” and will be the biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s creation.
Anything you can do I can do better…!
Hardly a week goes by without Benedict Cumberbatch making theatre news. The Sherlock actor will be starring in the new BBC production of Richard III, the same role his Sherlock co-star, Martin Freeman, will be playing at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End later this year. This is the second series of the Shakespeare history plays and it will be the same creative team behind the Bafta Award winning The Hollow Crown, directed by Dominic Cooke.
Cumberbatch said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Productions’ peerless series of Shakespeare’s history plays.”