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Awards Sunset Boulevard Revival Wins Big at 2024 Olivier Awards; See the Complete List of Winners

West End favorite Hannah Waddingham returned to host the April 14 ceremony.

Nicole Scherzinger in Sunset Boulevard Marc Brenner

The 2024 Olivier Award winners were named in a starry April 14 ceremony at Royal Albert Hall, with West End favorite Hannah Waddingham returning as host for the second consecutive year. 

The Broadway-bound revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard led the pack of winners, taking home seven honors, including Best Musical Revival, Best Actor and Actress in a Musical, and Best Director.

The dramatically reimagined take on Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton's stage musical of the 1950 film begins Broadway previews September 28, as previously reported. Nicole Scherzinger and Tom Francis are slated to reprise their now Olivier–winning performances as faded silent film star Norma Desmond and struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis, respectively.

The honors for Best New Play and Musical went to Dear England and Operation Mincemeat, respectively, while the Andrew Scott-led solo Vanya took home the award for Best Revival in the play category. 

Dear England also has further plans ahead. The piece is in the process of becoming a limited series for the BBC, with international distribution in the works as well.

The Olivier Awards, the West End's top theatrical honors, were established in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards. Renamed for the British actor Laurence Olivier in 1984, they are considered the equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards. Past hosts of the Olivier ceremony have included Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton, Clive Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Stephen Mangan, Hugh Bonneville, Sheridan Smith, Lenny Henry, and Catherine Tate.

See the full list of winners below:

Best New Play
WINNER - Dear England, James Graham

The Hills of California
, Jez Butterworth
The Motive and the Cue
, Jack Thorne
Till the Stars Come Down
, Beth Steel

Best New Musical
The Little Big Things

Next to Normal

WINNER - Operation Mincemeat

A Strange Loop

Best Revival
The Effect


Shirley Valentine

WINNER - Vanya

Best Musical Revival
Groundhog Day

Guys and Dolls


WINNER - Sunset Boulevard

Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
, Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Tom Basden (adaptation)
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

WINNER - Stranger Things: The First Shadow, Kate Trefry

Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial
, Liv Hennessy (adaptation)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lorraine Ashbourne, Till the Stars Come Down
Priyanga Burford, An Enemy of the People
WINNER - Haydn Gwynne, When Winston Went to War With the Wireless

Gina McKee, Dear England
Tanya Reynolds, A Mirror

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER - Will Close, Dear England

Paul Hilton, An Enemy of the People
Giles Terera, Clyde’s
Luke Thompson, A Little Life
Zubin Varla, A Little Life

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Grace Hodgett Young, Sunset Boulevard
Zoë Roberts, Operation Mincemeat
WINNER - Amy Trigg, The Little Big Things

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Next to Normal

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
WINNER - Jak Malone, Operation Mincemeat

Cedric Neal, Guys and Dolls
David Thaxton, Sunset Boulevard
Jack Wolfe, Next to Normal

Best Actress
Laura Donnelly, The Hills of California
Sophie Okonedo, Medea
Sarah Jessica Parker, Plaza Suite
Sheridan Smith, Shirley Valentine
WINNER - Sarah Snook, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Best Actor

Joseph Fiennes, Dear England
WINNER - Mark Gatiss, The Motive and the Cue

James Norton, A Little Life
Andrew Scott, Vanya
David Tennant, Macbeth

Best Actress in a Musical
Natasha Hodgson, Operation Mincemeat
Caissie Levy, Next to Normal
WINNER - Nicole Scherzinger, Sunset Boulevard

Marisha Wallace, Guys and Dolls

Best Actor in a Musical
David Cumming, Operation Mincemeat
WINNER - Tom Francis, Sunset Boulevard

Daniel Mays, Guys and Dolls
Charlie Stemp, Crazy for You

Best Director
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, Stranger Things: The First Shadow
Rupert Goold, Dear England
WINNER - Jamie Lloyd, Sunset Boulevard

Sam Mendes, The Motive and the Cue

Best Theatre Choreographer
Fabian Aloise, Sunset Boulevard
Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf, Dear England
WINNER - Arlene Phillips with James Cousins, Guys and Dolls

Mark Smith, The Little Big Things
Susan Stroman, Crazy for You

Best Costume Design
Bunny Christie and Deborah Andrews, Guys and Dolls
Ryan Dawson Laight, La Cage Aux Folles
Hugh Durrant, Peter Pan
WINNER - Marg Horwell, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Best Sound Design
Paul Arditti. Stranger Things: The First Shadow
Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbins, Dear England
WINNER - Adam Fisher, Sunset Boulevard
Gareth Fry, Macbeth

Outstanding Musical Contribution
Tom Brady (musical supervision and arrangements) and Charlie Rosen (orchestrations), Guys and Dolls
Matt Brind (musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations), Just for One Day
Steve Sidwell (orchestrations) and Joe Bunker (musical direction), Operation Mincemeat
WINNER - Alan Williams (musical supervision and musical direction), Sunset Boulevard

Best Set Design
WINNER - Miriam Buether (set) and 59 Productions (video), Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Bunny Christie, Guys and Dolls
Es Devlin (set) and Ash J Woodward (video), Dear England
Soutra Gilmour (set) and Nathan Amzi and Joe Ransom (video) Sunset Boulevard

Best Lighting Design
Jon Clark, Dear England
Jon Clark, Stranger Things: The First Shadow
Paule Constable, Guys and Dolls
WINNER - Jack Knowles, Sunset Boulevard

Best New Opera Production

WINNER - Innocence

Picture a Day Like This

The Rhinegold

Outstanding Achievement in Opera
WINNER - Antonio Pappano, for his role as musical director of the Royal Opera House

Belarus Free Theatre Company, for King Stakh’s Wild Hunt
Marina Abramović, for her concept and design of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas

Best New Dance Production
Broken Chord, Gregory Maqoma and Thuthuka Sibisi
The Rite of Spring
, Seeta Patel
WINNER - La Ruta, Gabriela Carrizo

Time Spell
, Michelle Dorrance, Jillian Meyers and Tiler Peck

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
WINNER - Isabela Coracy, for her performance in NINA: By Whatever Means

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
, Mohamed-Zain Dada
A Playlist for The Revolution
, AJ Yi
WINNER - Sleepova, Matilda Feyişayo

The Swell
, Isley Lynn
The Time Machine: A Comedy
, Steven Canny and John Nicholson

Best Family Show
Bluey’s Big Play, Joe Brumm
WINNER - Dinosaur World Live, Derek Bond
The House With Chicken Legs
, Sophie Anderson, Oliver Lansley (adaptation)
The Smeds and the Smoos
, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tall Stories (adaptation)

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