Nicole Scherzinger breaks down as she accepts the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Sunset Boulevard – which took home SEVEN gongs – while Sarah Snook and Andrew Scott's plays also win big

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Sunset Boulevard came out on top with an impressive seven wins at this year’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, while Sarah Snook and Andrew Scott’s play also win big.

Nicole Scherzinger broke down into tears as she was handed the Best Actress in a Musical prize for Sunset Boulevard, while her leading co-star Tom Francis took home the Best Actor in a Musical gong.

Nicole, who almost tripped on her way to accept the award, said: ‘Thank God for saving me from that trip right there. But seriously, without him I am nothing.’

‘Thank you to the London theatre community for wrapping your arms and legs around me like a spider monkey and embracing me as one of your own.’

Fighting back tears, she continued: ‘Coming from really humble beginnings I always wanted to be a singer and do musicals’, she also said she wants to do ‘so many roles’ in the future.

Nicole Scherzinger broke down after winning Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Sunset Boulevard which scored an impressive seven wins the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday
After weeks of accolades it was almost inevitable that Sarah Snook might triumph as the 2024 Olivier Awards got underway on Sunday evening - and so it proved as the Australian star was named Best Actress, and rightly so

Nicole Scherzinger broke down after winning Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Sunset Boulevard which scored an impressive seven wins the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, while Sarah Snook also won big (Pictured: Nicole Scherziger, left, Sarah Snook, right)

Elsewhere there was triumph of sorts for Andrew Scott, who surprisingly lost out on the award for Best Actor but found himself among the winners after VANYA, director Stephen Simon's contemporary rendering of the Anton Chekhov classic, claimed the award for Best Revival during the event at London's Royal Albert Hall (L-R: Simon Stephens, Rosanna Vize, Andrew Scott and Sam Yates, accepting the Best Revival award for VANYA)

Elsewhere there was triumph of sorts for Andrew Scott, who surprisingly lost out on the award for Best Actor but found himself among the winners after VANYA, director Stephen Simon’s contemporary rendering of the Anton Chekhov classic, claimed the award for Best Revival during the event at London’s Royal Albert Hall (L-R: Simon Stephens, Rosanna Vize, Andrew Scott and Sam Yates, accepting the Best Revival award for VANYA) 

Jamie Lloyd won the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director and the show also won Best Musical Revival.

Elsewhere, Jack Knowles took home the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design; Alan Williams won for the Outstanding Musical Contribution award for his musical supervision & musical direction and Adam Fisher won the d&b audiotechnik Award for Best Sound Design.

Pop star Nicole joked that she first wanted to thank God for stopping her from tripping on the way to accept her Best Actress in a Musical gong.

The US actress and singer also said that she ‘was coming for blood’ on Broadway ahead of her taking Sunset Boulevard to New York.

After weeks of accolades it was almost inevitable that Sarah Snook might lead the winners as the 2024 Olivier Awards got underway on Sunday evening – and so it proved as the Australian star was named Best Actress, and rightly so.

Snook – best known for her starring role in HBO series Succession – scooped the award for her mesmerising one-woman performance in a new West End production of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray. 

The Australian actress takes all 26 roles in the production, among them Basil Hallward, Sibyl Vane and of course Gray himself. 

Elsewhere there was triumph of sorts for Andrew Scott, who surprisingly lost out on the award for Best Actor but found himself among the winners after VANYA, director Stephen Simon’s contemporary rendering of the Anton Chekhov classic, claimed the award for Best Revival during the event at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 

The Pussycat Dolls singer also said that 'coming from really humble beginnings I always wanted to be a singer and do musicals'

The Pussycat Dolls singer also said that ‘coming from really humble beginnings I always wanted to be a singer and do musicals’

Pop star Nicole joked that she first wanted to thank God for stopping her from tripping on the way to accept her Best Actress in a Musical gong
Her co-star Tom Francis looked delighted as he collected his statue

Pop star Nicole joked that she first wanted to thank God for stopping her from tripping on the way to accept her Best Actress in a Musical gong, while her co-star Tom Francis looked delighted as he collected his statue

Nicole looked stunning as she posed with her award backstage, wearing a glamorous black dress with a low cut sweetheart neckline and a thigh-high split

Nicole looked stunning as she posed with her award backstage, wearing a glamorous black dress with a low cut sweetheart neckline and a thigh-high split

Nicol was handed the Best Actress in a Musical prize for her performance in Sunset Boulevard while her leading co-star Tom (left) took home the Best Actor in a Musical gong

Nicol was handed the Best Actress in a Musical prize for her performance in Sunset Boulevard while her leading co-star Tom (left) took home the Best Actor in a Musical gong

Nicole could be seen congratulating Tom after the pair both won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actor in a Musical respectively for their leading roles in Sunset Boulevard

Nicole could be seen congratulating Tom after the pair both won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actor in a Musical respectively for their leading roles in Sunset Boulevard

Nicole and Tom shared a friendly kiss on the cheek as they met in the winners' room after collecting their awards on stage during the ceremony

Nicole and Tom shared a friendly kiss on the cheek as they met in the winners’ room after collecting their awards on stage during the ceremony

The US actress and singer also said that she 'was coming for blood' on Broadway ahead of her taking Sunset Boulevard to New York

The US actress and singer also said that she ‘was coming for blood’ on Broadway ahead of her taking Sunset Boulevard to New York

The hit musical, starring Nicole Scherzinger (pictured) claimed multiple awards during Sunday evening's ceremony

The hit musical, starring Nicole Scherzinger (pictured) claimed multiple awards during Sunday evening’s ceremony 

Meanwhile Sarah Snook - best known for her starring role in HBO series Succession - scooped Best Actress for her mesmerising one-handed adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Elsewhere there was triumph for Will Close, whose portrayal of Bayern Munich and England footballer Harry Kane in Dear England earned him Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sarah Snook (left) – best known for her starring role in HBO series Succession – scooped Best Actress for her mesmerising one-handed adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray, while Will Close (right) earned the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for his portrayal of Bayern Munich and England footballer Harry Kane in Dear England

Australian actress Snook takes all 26 roles in her production of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, among them Basil Hallward, Sibyl Vane and of course Gray himself

Australian actress Snook takes all 26 roles in her production of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, among them Basil Hallward, Sibyl Vane and of course Gray himself 

Scott brings to life multiple characters in adapter and co-creators Stephens’ radical new version of the play, with Sunday’s accolade coming just weeks after the death of his mother, Nora. 

Adapted and directed by Sydney Theatre Company’s artistic director Kip Williams, the play has already had successful runs in Adelaide, Auckland and Melbourne with actress Eryn Jean Norvill starring.

Snook paid tribute to Oscar Wilde, the author of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, for coming up with the story in the first place and paid tribute to the one-woman show’s production staff and director. 

While Scott celebrated Vanya’s triumph with his colleagues on Sunday night, the much-fancied star missed out on the award for Best Actor, with Mark Gatiss pipping him to the coveted gong. 

Gatiss plays the late screen and stage legend Sir John Gielgud in Jack Thorne’s The Motive And The Cue, a theatrical take on the fraught history behind a notorious 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet, starring Gielgud and Richard Burton. 

The British actor told audience members that the announcer had pronounced his name wrong, saying ‘it is Gatiss’ and thanked his husband, actor and writer Ian Hallard, for putting up with his ‘haircut’.

He beat actors Joseph Fiennes, who played England manager Gareth Southgate in Dear England, Happy Valley’s James Norton, Doctor Who star and Scottish actor David Tennant and Irish star Scott.

Elsewhere there was triumph for Will Close, whose portrayal of Bayern Munich and England footballer Harry Kane in Dear England earned him Best Actor in a Supporting Role. 

The play, written by James Graham, sees Joseph Fiennes star as England manager Gareth Southgate at the National Theatre and shines a light on the pressures of penalties and Gareth’s ‘cultural reform’ of the national team in his six years as manager.

Olivier Awards 2024: WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Best Actor: Mark Gatiss  – The Motive and the Cue

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Will Close – Dear England

Best Actor in a Musical: Tom Francis – Sunset Boulevard

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Jak Malone – Operation Mincemeat

Best New Play: Dear England 

Best New Musical: Operation Mincemeat

Best Actress: Sarah Snook – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Best Actress in a Musical: Nicole Scherzinger – Sunset Boulevard

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Haydn Gwynne – When Winston Went to War With the Wireless

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Amy Trigg – The Little Big Things

Best Revival: Vanya

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While Scott celebrated Vanya's triumph with his colleagues on Sunday night, the much-fancied star missed out on the award for Best Actor, with Mark Gatiss pipping him to the coveted gong for his role in The Motive And The Cue

While Scott celebrated Vanya’s triumph with his colleagues on Sunday night, the much-fancied star missed out on the award for Best Actor, with Mark Gatiss pipping him to the coveted gong for his role in The Motive And The Cue 

Snook as Dorian, one of the 26 characters the actress plays during the production of The Picture Of Dorian Gray at Haymarket Theatre in London

Snook as Dorian, one of the 26 characters the actress plays during the production of The Picture Of Dorian Gray at Haymarket Theatre in London

Snook plays every single character in her rendering of The Picture of Dorian Gray
... while Best plays England captain Harry Kane in Dear England, which also won Best Play on the night

Snook plays every single character in her rendering of The Picture of Dorian Gray, while Best plays England captain Harry Kane in Dear England, which also won Best Play on the night 

(Left to right) Presenters Michael Sheen, Simon Stephens, Rosanna Vize, Andrew Scott Sam Yates and Anna Maxwell Martin pose with the Best Revival award for VANYA in the winners room. The award was presented by Sheen and Martin

(Left to right) Presenters Michael Sheen, Simon Stephens, Rosanna Vize, Andrew Scott Sam Yates and Anna Maxwell Martin pose with the Best Revival award for VANYA in the winners room. The award was presented by Sheen and Martin 

An overjoyed Sarah Snook makes her way to the press room after collecting her Best Actress award on Sunday evening
The actress looked thrilled as she clutched the gong

An overjoyed Sarah Snook makes her way to the press room after collecting her Best Actress award on Sunday evening 

Sarah joined....
Nicole....
Cara Delevingne....
and Sheridan Smith leading the the star-studded arrivals on the red carpet earlier

(L-R) Sarah joined Nicole, Cara Delevingne and Sheridan Smith leading the the star-studded arrivals on the red carpet earlier

Nicole, 45, ensured all eyes were on her in a plunging black gown, with a daringly high slit to showcase her long legs

Nicole, 45, ensured all eyes were on her in a plunging black gown, with a daringly high slit to showcase her long legs

The Pussycat Doll flashed some major sideboob in the revealing dress, which cinched her in at her tiny waist

The Pussycat Doll flashed some major sideboob in the revealing dress, which cinched her in at her tiny waist

Host Hannah Waddingham, 49, put on a very glamorous display as she changed into three glitzy gowns
Host Hannah Waddingham, 49, put on a very glamorous display as she changed into three glitzy gowns
Host Hannah Waddingham, 49, put on a very glamorous display as she changed into three glitzy gowns

Host Hannah Waddingham, 49, put on a very glamorous display as she changed into three glitzy gowns 

Model Cara, 31, showed off plenty of skin as she arrived in a show-stopping backless gown, leaving many of her tattoos on full display

Model Cara, 31, showed off plenty of skin as she arrived in a show-stopping backless gown, leaving many of her tattoos on full display

Tom Wexler and Miriam Buether won the award for Best Set Design courtesy of their work on Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Tom Wexler and Miriam Buether won the award for Best Set Design courtesy of their work on Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Joseph Fiennes as England men's national team manager Gareth Southgate in Dear England, a play about his tenure in charge of the Three Lions

Joseph Fiennes as England men’s national team manager Gareth Southgate in Dear England, a play about his tenure in charge of the Three Lions

Joseph Fiennes was seen performing on stage as Gareth Southgate during The Olivier Awards 2024 at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday

Joseph Fiennes was seen performing on stage as Gareth Southgate during The Olivier Awards 2024 at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday

The play, written by James Graham, sees Joseph star as England manager Gareth Southgate at the National Theatre
It shines a light on the pressures of penalties and Gareth's 'cultural reform' of the national team in his six years as manager

The play, written by James Graham, sees Joseph star as England manager Gareth Southgate at the National Theatre and shines a light on the pressures of penalties and Gareth’s ‘cultural reform’ of the national team in his six years as manager

Dear England playwright James Graham with award presenters Brian Cox and Patricia Clarkson on Sunday evening

Dear England playwright James Graham with award presenters Brian Cox and Patricia Clarkson on Sunday evening 

With Gareth Southgate's chances of winning the European Championships this summer remain debatable, Dear England, the play about his tenure as manager of the nation tea, was named best Play (pictured: playwright James Graham)
Graham poses with the award in the winner's room

With Gareth Southgate’s chances of winning the European Championships this summer remain debatable, Dear England, the play about his tenure as manager of the nation tea, was named best Play (pictured: playwright James Graham)

Close (far right) plays Bayern Munich and England striker Harry Kane in recent West End hit Dear England

Close (far right) plays Bayern Munich and England striker Harry Kane in recent West End hit Dear England 

Will Close...
... and Sam Yates made speeches after claiming their respective awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Revival

Both Wil Close (left) and Sam Yates (right) made speeches after claiming their respective awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Revival 

Best Actor winner Mark Gatiss poses for a photo with award presenters Denise Gough and and Billy Crudup on Sunday night

Best Actor winner Mark Gatiss poses for a photo with award presenters Denise Gough and and Billy Crudup on Sunday night

Gatiss plays the late screen and stage legend Sir John Gielgud in Jack Thorne's The Motive And The Cue, a theatrical take on the fraught history behind a notorious 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet, starring Gielgud and Richard Burton

Gatiss plays the late screen and stage legend Sir John Gielgud in Jack Thorne’s The Motive And The Cue, a theatrical take on the fraught history behind a notorious 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet, starring Gielgud and Richard Burton

Sheridan, 42, stepped out in a sheer black dress as she puts her troubles aside after her musical Opening Night was cancelled two months early
Sheridan, 42, stepped out in a sheer black dress as she puts her troubles aside after her musical Opening Night was cancelled two months early

 Sheridan, 42, stepped out in a sheer black dress as she puts her troubles aside after her musical Opening Night was cancelled two months early 

Andrew Scott made a debonair arrival in a black cropped suit jacket over an eye-catching sequinned shirt, left partially unbuttoned to show a glimpse of his chest

Andrew Scott made a debonair arrival in a black cropped suit jacket over an eye-catching sequinned shirt, left partially unbuttoned to show a glimpse of his chest

Ruth Jones looked world's away from her Gavin and Stacey character Nessa Jenkins at the ceremony
Freema Agyeman stunned in a sequinned fish tail gown with racy cut outs from the Fall/Winter 2023 Michael Kors Collection
Michelle Visage was sizzling in sequins, as she sported a bejewelled mini-dress with thigh-high boots
Marisha Wallace put on a show-stopping display in a figure-hugging gold gown, that showcased her sensational figure

(L-R) Ruth Jones, Freema Agyeman,  Michelle Visage, Marisha Wallace all dressed to impressed 

One of the other Best Actor nominees, Joseph Fiennes, looked handsome in a black suit and coordinating bow tie

One of the other Best Actor nominees, Joseph Fiennes, looked handsome in a black suit and coordinating bow tie

The actor, 53, was joined by his wife Maria Dolores Dieguez, who looked elegant in a black gown with fringed sleeves

The actor, 53, was joined by his wife Maria Dolores Dieguez, who looked elegant in a black gown with fringed sleeves

Michel Sheen, 55, was joined by his wife Anna Lundberg, 30, who looked ethereal in a floaty strapless white gown

Michel Sheen, 55, was joined by his wife Anna Lundberg, 30, who looked ethereal in a floaty strapless white gown

Jak Malone is seen with the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical award for his role in Operation Mincemeat on stage during The Olivier Awards 2024 at The Royal Albert Hall

Jak Malone is seen with the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical award for his role in Operation Mincemeat on stage during The Olivier Awards 2024 at The Royal Albert Hall

Former Strictly judge Dame Arlene Phillips was also among the roll call, with the professional dancer and collaborator Jamie Cousins on hand to collect the award for Best Theatre Choreographer in long-running West End hit Guys & Dolls

Former Strictly judge Dame Arlene Phillips was also among the roll call, with the professional dancer and collaborator Jamie Cousins on hand to collect the award for Best Theatre Choreographer in long-running West End hit Guys & Dolls 

The pair were in good spirits as they walked on stage to collect their awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London

The pair were in good spirits as they walked on stage to collect their awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Singer Michael Ball presented the Best Choreographer award to Dame Arlene and James

Singer Michael Ball presented the Best Choreographer award to Dame Arlene and James

Dame Arlene and James appeared in good spirits as they posed together after collecting their awards on stage during the ceremony

Dame Arlene and James appeared in good spirits as they posed together after collecting their awards on stage during the ceremony

Actor and singer Luke Treadaway is seen arriving on stage with model Cara Delevingne to present an award during the glitzy ceremony

Actor and singer Luke Treadaway is seen arriving on stage with model Cara Delevingne to present an award during the glitzy ceremony

Luke and Cara present Alan Williams with the Outstanding Musical Contribution award on stage during The Olivier Awards 2024

Luke and Cara present Alan Williams with the Outstanding Musical Contribution award on stage during The Olivier Awards 2024

Cara could be seen smiling on stage while wearing a blue and red sequinned dress, with her body art on show

Cara could be seen smiling on stage while wearing a blue and red sequinned dress, with her body art on show

Actor Richard E. Grant, and singer and television star Michelle Visage were seen on stage as they presented the Best New Musical prize to Operation Mincemeat

Actor Richard E. Grant, and singer and television star Michelle Visage were seen on stage as they presented the Best New Musical prize to Operation Mincemeat

Close thanked footballer Kane, whom he played in the production, and Joseph Fiennes for being a ‘hero’.

‘My mum who passed away with Covid … here’s to all the single mums in council housing,’ he added.

With Gareth Southgate’s chances of winning the European Championships this summer remain debatable, the production also came out on top by winning Best Play. 

Stage veteran Haydn Gwynne also featured among the early winners, with her performance as Stanley Baldwin in When Winston Went to War With the Wireless earning the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award.

Further awards went to Marg Horwell for Best Costume Design in The Picture Of Dorian Gray and Tom Wexler and Miriam Buether for Best Set Design in Stranger Things: The First Shadow, while the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award went to Sir Antonio Pappano for his role as Musical Director of the Royal Opera House. 

The Royal Opera House enjoyed a second win after Innocence by Royal Opera won Best New Opera Production, while the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre went to Sleepova by Matilda FeyiṣayọIbini. 

Stranger Things, inspired by the popular Netflix series, also won for a second time after claiming the Noël Coward award for Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play. 

Amy Trigg, winner of the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical award for The Little Big Things, was seen posing with her statue

Amy Trigg, winner of the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical award for The Little Big Things, was seen posing with her statue

Amy was seen chatting to Nicole Scherzinger at the Royal Albert Hall as the pair congratulated one another on their wins

Amy was seen chatting to Nicole Scherzinger at the Royal Albert Hall as the pair congratulated one another on their wins

Sir Lenny Henry presented Jamie Lloyd with the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director, earned for his work on Sunset Boulevard

Sir Lenny Henry presented Jamie Lloyd with the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director, earned for his work on Sunset Boulevard

Jamie Lloyd with the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director
Marg Horwell onstage with the Mithridate Award for Best Costume Design in in The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Jamie Lloyd with the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director (left) and Marg Horwell onstage with the Mithridate Award for Best Costume Design in in The Picture Of Dorian Gray (right) 

Adam Fisher won the d&b audiotechnik Award for Best Sound Design for Sunset Boulevard

Adam Fisher won the d&b audiotechnik Award for Best Sound Design for Sunset Boulevard

Snook addresses the audience at London's Royal Albert Hall after accepting her award on Sunday evening

Snook addresses the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall after accepting her award on Sunday evening 

Alex Beard holds the Outstanding Achievement In Opera Award, awarded to Antonio Pappano, during the Olivier Awards on Sunday evening

Alex Beard holds the Outstanding Achievement In Opera Award, awarded to Antonio Pappano, during the Olivier Awards on Sunday evening 

Nicole made a very stylish exit following the ceremony
The actress clutched her trophy proudly

Nicole made a very stylish exit following the ceremony as she clutched her trophy proudly  

Sheridan flashed a huge smile as she left the swanky Royal Albert Hall

Sheridan flashed a huge smile as she left the swanky Royal Albert Hall 

She no doubt was heading to one of the ceremony's many after parties with her fellow nominees

She no doubt was heading to one of the ceremony’s many after parties with her fellow nominees

Model Clara clutched a programme from the event as she left the venue
She toted her essentials from the evening in a chic handbag

Model Clara clutched a programme from the event as she left the venue 

Michelle Visage slipped a leather jacket over her stylish dress as she braved the cold

Michelle Visage slipped a leather jacket over her stylish dress as she braved the cold

X factor star Joe McElderry beamed as he said his goodbyes

X factor star Joe McElderry beamed as he said his goodbyes 

Sunset Boulevard, the West End hit starring Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, featured among the winners thanks to Jamie Lloyd, who claimed the award for Best Director after taking on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

The hugely popular show also picked up the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, Best Sound Design and Best Lighting Design, while the award for Musical Supervision and Musical Direction went to Alan Williams for his contribution to the musical. 

The award for Best New Dance Production went to La Ruta by Gabriela Carrizo and the award for Best New Musical went to Operation Mincemeat.

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips was also among Sunday evening’s roll call, with the professional dancer and collaborator Jamie Cousins on hand to collect the award for Best Theatre Choreographer in long-running West End hit Guys & Dolls. 

Launched in 1976, the annual ceremony – widely regarded as the most prestigious of its kind – honours the best of London’s vibrant West End theatre schedule. 

Sunday’s show was once again presented by seasoned stage and screen star Hannah Waddingham, who returned for the second consecutive year following her consummate job as compere in 2023. 

Waddingham opened the event with singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe, while the ceremony finale marked the National Theatre’s 60th anniversary.

Performances came from best new musical nominees including The Little Big Things, Next To Normal, Operation Mincemeat and A Strange Loop, alongside best musical revival nominees Guys & Dolls and Hadestown 

Individual presenters on the night included Dominic West, Michael Ball, Michael Sheen, Rosalind Plowright, Sir Lenny Henry and Michelle Visage. 

Nominations for the 2024 ceremony were announced on March 12, with Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Snook and Sheridan Smith all receiving nods.

Olivier awards 2024: Full winners list

Best actor in a musical

David Cumming for Operation Mincemeat 

Tom Francis for Sunset Boulevard – WINNER

Daniel Mays for Guys and Dolls

Charlie Stemp for Crazy for You

Best actress in a musical

Natasha Hodgson for Operation Mincemeat 

Caissie Levy for Next to Normal

Nicole Scherzinger for Sunset Boulevard – WINNER

Marisha Wallace for Guys and Dolls

 

Best actress

Laura Donnelly for The Hills of California

Sophie Okonedo for Medea

Sarah Jessica Parker for Plaza Suite 

Sheridan Smith for Shirley Valentine 

Sarah Snook for The Picture of Dorian Gray – WINNER

 

Best actor

Mark Gatiss for The Motive and the Cue – WINNER

Joseph Fiennes for Dear England 

James Norton for A Little Life

Andrew Scott for Vanya 

David Tennant for Macbeth

 

Best new play

Dear England by James Graham – WINNER 

The Hills of California by Jez Butterworth 

The Motive and the Cue by Jack Thorne 

Till the Stars Come Down by Beth Steel

 

Best new musical

The Little Big Things, music by Nick Butcher, lyrics by Nick Butcher and Tom Ling, book by Joe White 

Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Operation Mincemeat, music, lyrics and book by David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoë Roberts – WINNER

A Strange Loop, music, lyrics and book by Michael R Jackson

 

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical

Grace Hodgett Young for Sunset Boulevard 

Zoë Roberts for Operation Mincemeat 

Amy Trigg for The Little Big Things – WINNER

Eleanor Worthington-Cox for Next to Normal

 

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical

Jak Malone for Operation Mincemeat – WINNER

Cedric Neal for Guys and Dolls 

David Thaxton for Sunset Boulevard 

Jack Wolfe for Next to Normal

 

Best actor in a supporting role

Will Close for Dear England – WINNER 

Paul Hilton for An Enemy of the People 

Giles Terera for Clyde’s

Luke Thompson for A Little Life

Zubin Varla for A Little Life

 

Best actress in a supporting role

Lorraine Ashbourne for Till the Stars Come Down 

Priyanga Burford for An Enemy of the People

Haydn Gwynne for When Winston Went to War With the Wireless – WINNER

Gina McKee for Dear England

Olivier Tanya Reynolds for A Mirror

 

Noël Coward award for best new entertainment or comedy play

Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo and Franca Rame

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Stranger Things: The First Shadow by Kate Trefry – WINNER

Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial, adapted by Liv Hennessy

 

Best Family Show 

Bluey’s Big Play by Joe Brumm 

Dinosaur World Live by Derek Bond – WINNER

The House With Chicken Legs adapted by Oliver Lansley

The Smeds and the Smoos adapted by Tall Stories

 

Gillian Lynne award for best theatre choreographer

Fabian Aloise for Sunset Boulevard

Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf for Dear England

Arlene Phillips with James Cousins for Guys and Dolls – WINNER

Mark Smith for The Little Big Things

Susan Stroman for Crazy for You

 

Best Costume Design

Bunny Christie and Deborah Andrews for Guys and Dolls

Ryan Dawson Laight for La Cage Aux Folles

Hugh Durrant for Peter Pan

Marg Horwell for The Picture of Dorian Gray – WINNER

 

Best Revival

The Effect by Lucy Prebble

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell 

Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Simon Stephens – WINNER

 

Best musical revival 

Groundhog Day, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin

Guys and Dolls, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows 

Hadestown, music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell

Sunset Boulevard, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton – WINNER

 

Best Sound Design

Paul Arditti for Stranger Things: The First Shadow 

Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbins for Dear England

Adam Fisher for Sunset Boulevard – WINNER 

Gareth Fry for Macbeth

 

Outstanding Musical Contribution

Tom Brady for Musical Supervision and Arrangements and Charlie Rosen for Orchestrations for Guys and Dolls 

Matt Brind for Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations for Just for One Day

Steve Sidwell for Orchestrations and Joe Bunker for Musical Direction for Operation Mincemeat

Alan Williams for Musical Supervision and Musical Direction for Sunset Boulevard – WINNER

 

Best set design  

Miriam Buether for Stranger Things: The First Shadow WINNER

Bunny Christie for Guys and Dolls

Es Devlin and Ash J Woodward Dear England

Soutra Gilmour and Nathan Amzi and Joe Ransom for Sunset Boulevard 

 

Best lighting design

Jon Clark for Dear England

Jon Clark for Stranger Things: The First Shadow 

Paule Constable for Guys and Dolls

Jack Knowles for Sunset Boulevard – WINNER 

 

Best new opera production

Blue by the English National Opera 

Innocence by the Royal Opera – WINNER

Picture a Day Like This by the Royal Opera 

The Rhinegold by the English National Opera

 

Outstanding achievement in opera

Antonio Pappano for his role as Musical Director of the Royal Opera House – WINNER

Belarus Free Theatre Company for King Stakh’s Wild Hunt

Marina Abramović for 7 Deaths of Maria Callas 

 

Outstanding achievement in dance

Isabela Coracy for her performance in NINA: By Whatever Means, part of Ballet Black: Pioneers – WINNER

Jonzi D for his artistic direction of Breakin’ Convention 2023 International festival of hip-hop Dance theatre

Rhiannon Faith for her community focused conception of Lay Down Your Burdens at The Pit

 

Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre

Blue Mist by Mohamed-Zain Dada at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court theatre

A Playlist for The Revolution by AJ Yi at the Bush theatre

Sleepova by Matilda Feyişayo at the Bush theatre – WINNER

The Swell by Isley Lynn at Orange Tree theatre

The Time Machine: A Comedy by Steven Canny and John Nicholson at the Park theatre

 

Sir Peter Hall award for best director

Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin for Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix theatre

Rupert Goold for Dear England at the National Theatre – Olivier and Prince Edward theatre

Jamie Lloyd for Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy theatre – WINNER

Sam Mendes for The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre – Lyttelton and Noël Coward theatre