olivier awards

The Top 10 Shows I Want to See Next

  1. An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre) – A beautiful Gershwin musical that is the talk of the West End, which I cannot wait to see in May!
  2. Mamma Mia (Novello Theatre) – This is a long running show, but I am still yet to see it. I love the film, and all of ABBA’s classic songs, so I think this show would be very entertaining.
  3. Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre)
  4. School of Rock (New London Theatre)
  5. The Girls (Phoenix Theatre) – After their stunning Olivier Awards performance, I would love to see this show written by Gary Barlow.
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
  7. Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre) – Who doesn’t want to see this smash hit musical?
  8. Judy! (Arts Theatre)
  9. The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wale’s Theatre)
  10. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (Duke of York’s Theatre)
  11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2 (Palace Theatre) – Technically, this makes my list a top 11, but I couldn’t not include this play that was highly praised at the Olivier Awards!

I hope this list has given any theatergoers some inspiration (if you’re looking for an idea of what to see next). Of course there are tonnes of amazing musicals and plays in London and on tour right now, and this list names but a few. Let me know what shows you’ve seen recently (ones you’ve enjoyed, or even ones you didn’t).


List of Olivier Award winners 2014

Awards for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios:
– Best actress, Lesley Manville.
– Best actor in a supporting role, Jack Lowden.
– Best revival.

Awards for Othello at the National Theatre:
– Best actor, Rory Kinnear.

Awards for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre:
– Best actress in a supporting role, Sharon D Clarke.

Awards for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre:
– American Airlines best new play.
– Best director, Lyndsey Turner.
– White light award for best lighting design, Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross.
– Best sound design – Carolyn Downing.
– XL video award for best set design, Es Devlin.

Awards for Jeeves & Wooster:
– Best new comedy.

Awards for Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre:
– Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre.

Awards for The Wind in the Willows at the Duchess Theatre:
– Best entertainment and family.

Dance Awards

Best new dance production:
– Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells.

Outstanding Achievement in dance:
– Michael Hulls for his lighting work including Ballet Boyz.

Opera Awards

Best new opera production:
– Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House.

Outstanding Achievement in opera:
– English Touring Opera for it’s productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Awards for The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre:
– Best actor in a musical, Gavin Creel.
– Best performance in a supporting role in a musical, Stephen Ashfield.
– MasterCard best new musical.
– Best theatre choreographer, Casey Nicholaw.

Awards for Once at the Phoenix Theatre:
– Best actress in a musical, Zrinka Cvitešić.
– Autograph sound award for outstanding achievement in music, Martin Lowe for arrangements and composition, and Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for music and lyrics.

Awards for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre:
– Best musical revival.
– Best sound design, Gareth Owen.

Awards for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane:
– White light award for best lighting design, Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll.
– Best costume design, Mark Thompson.

Awards for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre:
– BBC radio 2 audience award.

Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners, it was a spectacular event!

The Olivier Awards 2014

The 13th of April 2014 (yesterday) was the biggest night in British theatre. The Olivier awards ceremony.

I listen to the awards every year on the radio, but this year for the first time I was lucky enough to be theatre fan number 223, and stand beside the red carpet in Covent Garden leading up to The Royal Opera House! There were lots of stars there and fortunately I managed to get pictures with a few of them.

I cannot thank the Olivier Awards enough for the opportunity to meet some of my idols and actually have conversations with them, it was well worth the 5 hour wait.

I saw all of the theatre royalties walk down the red carpet in beautiful dresses and dashing suits, and being there and soaking up the atmosphere was indescribable.

I was there with my Mum Katie, who had actually surprised me by taking me to the event which I cannot thank her enough for! She is also a theatre lover and she had a great time asking for autographs. She even told Arlene Phillips that I was a dancer, to which Arlene smiled and said that she could tell. Also one of my idols Elaine Paige was of course walking down the red carpet, and my Mum proudly told her that we listen to her radio show on BBC Radio 2 every Sunday, and I possibly told her that I was a huge fan and I love her about 3 or 4 times…

It was a very difficult decision to stand by the red carpet, as there was also a stage in Covent Garden where extracts from current West End shows were being performed. But I’m glad we made the decision we made, even though the performances were incredible.

I took a lot of photographs of the event, so I would like to continue my experience by sharing them with you in part 2 of this tale. Of course I would go into more detail about how it felt to be at such an event, but as I mentioned earlier, it just cannot be put into words and done justice.

Olivier Awards 2014 part 2

As promised, here are a few photos of the red carpet event in Covent Garden.

The glamorous and talented Elaine Paige and I. This is my favourite photo of the day as she is a huge inspiration to me, and meeting her was a real honour.


Tom Hiddleston was very popular, so I couldn’t get a better photo than this with him, but I did get his autograph.


The fabulous Gok Wan who I adore and was lovely.


The red carpet was buzzing with activity!


The amazing Arlene Phillips.


The lovely Lesley Garrett, who was possibly one of the nicest people I have ever met.


Dame Judi Dench, what an honour it was to see her!


Bjorn from ABBA! We got his autograph which my Mum was thrilled with, as she is a huge ABBA fan.


One of the hilarious hosts of the evening, Stephen Mangan.


The wonderful Samantha Barks and I.


There were a number of legends at the event, and this is Brian May! He waved at us and seemed very nice, and it’s a shame is only got a picture of him from behind.


I also managed to get an autograph from Martin Freeman himself!


Alexandra Burke was also on the red carpet.


The current star of Once the musical, and former Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill.


And here we have another star, Bernadette Peters! I never thought I would meet her.


I somehow managed to get into an official Olivier Award Instagram photo! (I’m on the left).


And finally here is a picture of me and my Mum next to the red carpet. I am still amazed at how close we were to the event! I suppose as a Les Mis fan I could say we were at the barricade.

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