Cabaret and Life of Pi lead winners in 2022 Olivier awards

Last Updated on 11 April 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

Cabaret, Life of Pi, Anything Goes and Back to the Future: The Musical were among winners at the 2022 Olivier Awards

Eddie Redmayne Jessie Buckley Cabaret
Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley in Cabaret. Photo: Marc Brenner

The revival of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret and the stage adaptation of Life of Pi led the winners in the 2022 Olivier Awards.

Cabaret, staged at the Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre, received seven awards including Magic Radio best musical revival. Rebecca Frecknall was named best director and Nick Lidster won best sound design.

All four of the musical acting categories went to the cast of Cabaret: Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne for best actors and Liza Sadovy and Elliot Levey for best supporting actors.

Life of Pi, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti from Yann Martell’s novel, won five awards including best new play. Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell won best set design, and Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding won best lighting design.

Hiran Abeysekera won best actor for his performance as Pi while, in a first for the Olivier Awards, seven actors who play the puppet tiger won best actor in a supporting role: Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink.

The title of Mastercard best new musical went to Back To The Future – The Musical, while Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical won an award for Simon Hale’s orchestrations.

Kathleen Marshall, director and choreographer of Anything Goes at the Barbican, won the award for best choreography. Moulin Rouge! The Musical picked up an award for Catherine Zuber’s costume design.

Constellations won best revival of a play and a best actress award for Sheila Atim. Liz Carr won best actress in a supporting role for her performance in the National Theatre’s revival of A Normal Heart.

Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of), which transferred from Glasgow’s Tron Theatre to the West End, was named best entertainment or comedy play. Wolf Witch Giant Fairy was named best family show.

The award for best show at a Society of London Theatre affiliate theatre was won by Igor Memic’s Old Bridge, presented at the Bush Theatre with theatre company Papatango.

The 2022 Olivier Awards, hosted by comedian Jason Manford, were held at the Royal Albert Hall in London tonight, organised by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT). The UK Theatre Awards, for theatre outside London, take place on 23 October 2022.

Full list of winners and nominees

Best new play
WINNER: Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre
2:22 A Ghost Story – Noël Coward Theatre
Best of Enemies – Young Vic Theatre
Cruise – Duchess Theatre

Best new musical
WINNER: Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi Theatre
The Drifters Girl – Garrick Theatre
Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Lyric Theatre
Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre

Best revival
WINNER: Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville Theatre
A Number – Old Vic
The Normal Heart – National Theatre
The Tragedy of Macbeth – Almeida Theatre

Best entertainment or comedy play
WINNER: Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) – Criterion Theatre
The Choir of Man – Arts Theatre
Pantoland at the Palladium – London Palladium
The Shark is Broken – Ambassadors Theatre

Magic Radio best musical revival
WINNER: Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre
Spring Awakening – Almeida Theatre

Best costume design
WINNER: Catherine Zuber for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre
Jon Morrell for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre
Christopher Oram for Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Tom Scutt for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

Best sound design
WINNER: Nick Lidster for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Ian Dickinson for 2:22 A Ghost Story – Noël Coward Theatre
Carolyn Downing for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre
Gareth Owen for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi Theatre

Best original score or new orchestrations
WINNER: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical for orchestrator Simon Hale – Lyric Theatre
Anything Goes for new orchestrations by Bill Elliott, David Chase and Rob Fisher – Barbican Theatre
Back to the Future: The Musical for composers Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and orchestrations by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook – Adelphi Theatre
Life of Pi for composer Andrew T Mackay – Wyndham’s Theatre

Best theatre choreographer
WINNER: Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre
Finn Caldwell for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre
Julia Cheng for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Sonya Tayeh for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre

Best actor in a supporting role
WINNER: Seven actors who play the Tiger in Life of Pi: Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink – Wyndham’s Theatre
Dino Fetscher for The Normal Heart – National Theatre
Nathaniel Parker for The Mirror and the Light – Gielgud Theatre
Danny Lee Wynter for The Normal Heart – National Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role
WINNER: Liz Carr for The Normal Heart – National Theatre
Tori Burgess for Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) – Criterion Theatre
Christina Gordon for Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) – Criterion Theatre
Akiya Henry for The Tragedy of Macbeth – Almeida Theatre

Best set design
WINNER: Tim Hatley for design and Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell for puppets for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre
Tim Hatley for Design and Finn Ross for video design for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi Theatre
Derek McLane for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre
Tom Scutt for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

Best lighting design
WINNER: Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre
Tim Lutkin for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi Theatre
Neil Austin for Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Isabella Byrd for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical
WINNER: Liza Sadovy for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Gabrielle Brooks for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Lyric Theatre
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Cinderella – Gillian Lynne Theatre
Carly Mercedes Dyer for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical
WINNER: Elliot Levey for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Clive Carter for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre
Hugh Coles for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi Theatre
Gary Wilmot for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre

Best actor in a musical
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Olly Dobson for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi Theatre
Arinzé Kene for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Lyric Theatre
Robert Lindsay for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre

Best actress in a musical
WINNER: Jessie Buckley for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Sutton Foster for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre
Beverley Knight for The Drifters Girl – Garrick Theatre
Stephanie McKeon for Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Best actress
WINNER: Sheila Atim for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville Theatre
Lily Allen for 2:22 A Ghost Story – Noël Coward Theatre
Emma Corrin for Anna X – Harold Pinter Theatre
Cush Jumbo for Hamlet – Young Vic Theatre

Best actor
WINNER: Hiran Abeysekera for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre
Ben Daniels for The Normal Heart – National Theatre
Omari Douglas for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at the Vaudeville Theatre
Charles Edwards for Best of Enemies – Young Vic Theatre

Best director
WINNER: Rebecca Frecknall for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
Michael Longhurst for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at the Vaudeville Theatre
Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes – Barbican Theatre
Max Webster for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s Theatre

Outstanding achievement at an affiliate theatre
WINNER: Old Bridge – Bush Theatre
10 Nights – Bush Theatre
Folk – Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
The Invisible Hand – Kiln Theatre
A Place for We – Park Theatre

Best family show
WINNER: Wolf Witch Giant Fairy – Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Billionaire Boy – Garrick Theatre
Dragons and Mythical Beasts – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
What the Ladybird Heard – Palace Theatre

Outstanding achievement in opera
WINNER: Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra for Bajazet – Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Christine Rice for her performance in 4/4 – Royal Opera House
Takis for set and costume design of HMS Pinafore by English National Opera – London Coliseum

Best new opera production
WINNER: Jenůfa – Royal Opera House
Bajazet – Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
The Cunning Little Vixen by English National Opera – London Coliseum
Theodora – Royal Opera House

Outstanding achievement in dance
WINNER: Arielle Smith for her choreography of Jolly Folly in Reunion by English National Ballet – Sadler’s Wells
Acosta Danza for De Punta A Cabo in 100% Cuban – Sadler’s Wells
Dancers for NDT2 Tour – Sadler’s Wells
Edward Watson for his performance in The Dante Project – Royal Opera House

Best new dance production
WINNER: Revisor by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young / Kidd Pivot – Sadler’s Wells
Draw From Within by Rambert Dance Company – Sadler’s Wells
Transverse Orientation by Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells – Sadler’s Wells

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