The Laurence Olivier Awards are The Oscars of West-End theatre and the stars of the stage dressed up just as glamorously for the awards ceremony in London’s Royal Opera House – wow! I mean, just check out Alexandra Burke and Beverley Knight above (who star in The Bodyguard). I was really impressed as theatre is sometimes seen as cinema’s poor cousin, but there was no scrimping on the outfits. The leading men scrubbed up in their best suits but I was most impressed by the femme fatales’ dresses. Most wore maxi dresses, keeping in tradition with the fact that it was a super formal affair, but I have to hand it to actress Olivia Grant for going glitzy in a gold dress with tassels. She didn’t win an award but she got my vote in the fashion stakes.
In terms of awards for plays, it’s clear that if you haven’t seen The Book Of Mormon already then you need to because it swept the board winning four awards including the prestigious Best New Musical. And in terms of fashion, here are my top 5 favourite looks from the night.
Best known for playing Charlotte in Sex and The City, Kirstin Davis has now come to London to star in the play based on the movie Fatal Attraction. She plays the vampy Glenn Close character but looked sweet and girly in her red dress at the awards. This shows what a good actress she is if she can switch between bitch and babe.
Alexandra Burke and Beverley Knight
Beverley Knight has played the lead role in The Bodygyard for over a year and now Alexandra Burke is due to take over. So it was good to see there was no competitiveness between the two actresses as they posed together. Alex, the new star wore white to get attention while Beverley wore a black and white maxi dress, bowing out of the limelight. I wonder if they co-ordinated that?
Actress Olivia Grant wowed everyone in a theatrical gold dress, which perfectly complemented her fiery red hair. She gave a lot of actresses outfit envy. Olivia is an Oxford University graduate and hasn’t ruled out writing her own play. How cool is that?
Former Bond Girl Gemma hosted the awards ceremony alongside actor Stephen Mangan, which is a big responsibility for someone so young. But she does know her stuff as her performance in Shakespeare play The Duchess of Malfi earned global rave reviews. And she certainly dressed to impress in a blue maxi dress. Stunning!
The former X Factor star has done so much! Not only has she released albums and designed fashion, she also starred in West End musical Duck House. I think she could go to Hollywood next as she certainly looked like a glam screen siren in her black maxi dress. Watch this space!
The Winners Are:
Best actor – Rory Kinnear for Othello
Best actress – Lesley Manville for Ghosts
Best actor in a Musical – Gavin Creel for The Book Of Mormon
Best actress in a Musical – Zrinka Cvitesic for Once
Best new musical – The Book Of Mormon
Best new play – Chimerica
Best new comedy – Perfect Nonsense
Best director – Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica
Best revival – Ghosts
Best musical revival – Merrily We Roll Along
BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – Les Miserables
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