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London's finest

Every theatergoer knows the Tony Awards are the end all and be all in awards shows for stage actors but in London, the word on the street is The Laurence Olivier Awards.

London's finest

On March 21 at the Grosvenor House, the annual awards show was in full regalia. The prestigious awards are named after Olivier, the esteemed actor, director and producer. Whether people call them the Olivier Awards or the Larries, it's all good.

In fact, the star-studded presenters from years past have shown this awards show is about regalia, talent and oh yes, bling.

Past presenters ranged from Diana, Princess of Wales to Kevin Spacey to Sir Tom Stoppard. The winners are no slouches either; Dame Judi Dench has won seven awards in total and Andrew Lloyd Weber has previously won four.

The Society of London Theatre recognizes excellence in professional theater, namely given to West End shows and other productions staged in London. As the British equivalent to Broadway's Tony Awards, this year's winners did not disappoint!

As Rachel Weisz took home a statue for the Best Actress awards for Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Mark Rylance won the acclaimed Best Actor award for his role in Jerusalem.

In an American Idol type concept, the audience got to vote for the Most Popular Show. As for the winner? And the envelope please…Wicked.

London's finestOlivier winners

Here is a recap of the winners on March 21 in London!

Best New Comedy, The Priory
Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Ruth Wilson for A Streetcar Name Desire
Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Eddie Redmayne for Red
Best Actress, Rachel Weisz for A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Actor, Mark Rylance for Jerusalem
Audience Award for the Most Popular Show, Wicked
Best Revival, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Best New Opera Production, Tristan Und Isolde
Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Entertainment, Spring Awakening
Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment, Samantha Spiro for Hello Dolly!
Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment, Aneurin Barnar for Spring Awakening
Best Entertainment, Morecambe
Best Musical Revival, Hello Dolly!
Outstanding Achievement, Michael Codron
Best New Play, The Mountaintop
Best Director, Rupert Goold for Enron
Best New Musical, Spring Awakening

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