Sherlock Holmes and Warhorse star Benedict Cumberbatch shared the best actor award on Sunday with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller for their alternating performances as Frankenstein and his monster at the Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Oliviers were founded 36 years ago as the most prestigious awards for London stage performances and named after the famed actor Lord Laurence Olivier.
The awards at London’s Royal Opera House saw Cumberbatch and Miller triumph for their performances in “Frankenstein” at the National Theater, which was directed by Danny Boyle who will direct the London Olympic Games opening ceremony later this summer.
The best actress award went to Ruth Wilson, for her role in “Anna Christie” which was also named as the best revival production.
The best actress in a musical award went to four girls aged between 10 and 12 who shared the role of Matilda in the hit musical of that name.
‘Matilda’ also won six further awards, including best musical and best director, and best actor in a musical for Bertie Carvel who played the part of Miss Trunchbull.
The top dance award went to Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet for his performance in “Metamorphosis” at the Royal Opera House.
The best new dance production went to Akram Khan for “Desh”. Khan’s work will get a global audience later this year as he is working with Boyle on the Olympic opening ceremony.
The best new play was the National Theater production of “Collaborators,” the first play by John Hodge, who wrote the screenplay for “Trainspotting”.
English National Opera won the award for outstanding achievement in opera, and its production of Rameau’s “Castor and Pollux” was named best new opera production.