2023 Olivier Award Winners: Broadway-Bound Prima Facie, My Neighbor Totoro, Oklahoma! Win Big | Playbill

Awards 2023 Olivier Award Winners: Broadway-Bound Prima Facie, My Neighbor Totoro, Oklahoma! Win Big

Find out who took home London's top theatrical honors at Royal Albert Hall this year.

Jodie Comer in Prima Facie Helen Murray

London's top theatrical honors, the Oliviers, were handed out April 2 at Royal Albert Hall, with My Neighbour Totoro reigning supreme. The evening was hosted by stage and screen star Hannah Waddingham.

My Neighbour Totoro, the play based on the beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli film, took home the most wins of the evening with six awards, including Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, and Best Director for Phelim McDermott

Oklahoma! won Best Musical Revival, giving representation to American artists since it was the West End transfer of the 2019 Broadway revival, directed by Daniel FishArthur Darvill won Best Actor in a Musical for his work in Oklahoma!

Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire was honored with Best Revival, and leads Paul Mescal and Anjana Vasan won for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively.

Best New Play was awarded to Prima Facie, and Broadway-bound Killing Eve star Jodie Comer won Best Actress for her performance in the play, a role she will reprise in the Broadway transfer, set to begin April 11. 

Standing at the Sky's Edge was crowned Best New Musical, with Richard Hawley and Tom Deering winning for Best Original Score or New Orchestrations. The new musical features music and lyrics by Hawley, former Pulp and Longpigs guitarist.

Take a look at the complete list of winners of the 2023 Laurence Olivier Awards (winners' names are in bold and preceded by an asterisk):

Best Entertainment or Comedy Play
Jack and the Beanstalk
*My Neighbour Totoro

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)
One Woman Show

Best Family Show
Blippi the Musical
*Hey Duggee the Live Theatre Show

Midsummer Mechanicals

The Smartest Giant in Town

Best Theatre Choreographer
*Matt Cole, Newsies
Lynne Page, Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Kate Prince, Sylvia
Basil Twist for Puppetry Direction, My Neighbour Totoro

Best Costume Design
Frankie Bradshaw, Blues for an Alabama Sky
Hugh Durrant, Jack and the Beanstalk
Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show
*Kimie Nakano, My Neighbour Totoro

Best Revival
*A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Musical Revival
My Fair Lady
*Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Sister Act
South Pacific

Best Sound Design
Bobby Aitken, Standing at the Sky’s Edge
*Tony Gayle, My Neighbour Totoro

Drew Levy, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Ben and Max Ringham, Prima Facie

Best Original Score or New Orchestrations
David Yazbek (music and lyrics), Jamshied Sharifi (orchestrations), and Andrea Grody (additional arrangements), The Band's Visit
Joe Hisaishi (music) and Will Stuart (orchestrations and arrangements), My Neighbour Totoro
Daniel Kluger (orchestrations) and Nathan Koci (additional vocal arrangements), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
*Richard Hawley (music and lyrics) and Tom Deering (orchestrations), Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh, and Kaine Lawrence; For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy
*Will Keen, Patriots
Elliot Levey, Good
David Moorst, To Kill a Mockingbird
Sule Rimi, Blues for an Alabama Sky

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rose Ayling-Ellis, As You Like It
Pamela Nomvete, To Kill a Mockingbird
Caroline Quentin, Jack Absolute Flies Again
Sharon Small, Good
*Anjana Vasan, A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Set Design
Miriam Buether, To Kill a Mockingbird
*Tom Pye, My Neighbour Totoro

Ben Stones, Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Mark Walters, Jack and the Beanstalk

Best Lighting Design
Natasha Chivers, Prima Facie
Lee Curran, A Streetcar Named Desire
*Jessica Hung Han Yun, My Neighbour Totoro

Tim Lutkin, The Crucible

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
*Beverley Knight, Sylvia

Maimuna Memon, Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Liza Sadovy, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Marisha Wallace, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Sharif Afifi, The Band’s Visit
Peter Polycarpou, The Band’s Visit
Clive Rowe, Sister Act
*Zubin Varla, Tammy Faye

Best New Opera Production
*Alcina, Royal Opera

Least Like the Other, Irish National Opera and Royal Opera
Peter Grimes, Royal Opera
Sibyl, Barbican Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, for her performance in Tosca
*William Kentridge, for his conception and direction of Sibyl

Antony McDonald, for his design of Alcina

Best Actor in a Musical
Alon Moni Aboutboul, The Band’s Visit
*Arthur Darvill, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Julian Ovenden, South Pacific
Andrew Rannells, Tammy Faye

Best Actress in a Musical
*Katie Brayben, Tammy Faye

Anoushka Lucas, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Miri Mesika, The Band’s Visit
Faith Omole, Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Best New Dance Production
Light of Passage, Crystal Pite
Pasionaria, La Veronal
*Traplord, Ivan Michael Blackstock

Triptych (The Missing Door, The Lost Room, and The Hidden Floor), Peeping Tom

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Manuel Liñán, for his choreography of ¡VIVA!
*Dickson Mbi, for his choreography of Enowate

Raquel Meseguer Zafe, for her dramaturgy of Ruination by Lost Dog
Catrina Nisbett, for her performance in Family Honour by Spoken Movement

Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
Age Is a Feeling
Blackout Songs
*The P Word

Paradise Now!

Two Palestinians Go Dogging

Best Director
Rebecca Frecknall, A Streetcar Named Desire
Robert Hastie, Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Justin Martin, Prima Facie
*Phelim McDermott, My Neighbour Totoro

Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Actress
*Jodie Comer, Prima Facie

Patsy Ferran, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mei Mac, My Neighbour Totoro
Janet McTeer, Phaedra
Nicola Walker, The Corn Is Green

Best Actor
Tom Hollander, Patriots
*Paul Mescal, A Streetcar Named Desire

Rafe Spall, To Kill a Mockingbird
David Tennant, Good
Giles Terera, Blues for an Alabama Sky

Best New Play
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy
*Prima Facie

To Kill a Mockingbird

Best New Musical
The Band’s Visit

*Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Tammy Faye

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