British theatre’s 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards announced
The 2007 winning works and artists of Britain’s prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards for theatre were awards at a ceremony in London on Feb. 18.
The award for the Best New Play went to Scottish playwright David Harrower for his two-person play Blackbird. Harrower first drew attention while working in the Traverse Theatre program, which is well known for nurturing new playwrights and this work first appeared as a commissioned work at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. It is called a shocking work that depicts the pasts of a man and woman who meet after not seeing each other in 15 years.
One of the nominees for the Best New Dance Production award was the production of Fujimusume and Kasane performed by Ebizo Ichikawa that was part of the Japan Foundation’s 2006 PAJ Europe program.
2007 Laurence Olivier Awards (main categories) Best New Play: Blackbird by David Harrower
Best New Comedy: The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the original by John Buchan
Best Revival; The Crucible by Arthur Miller, directed by Dominic Cooke
Best New Musical: Caroline or Change (book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori
Outstanding Musical Production: Sunday in the Park with George (lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine
Best Director: Dominic Cooke for The Crucible
Best Theatre Choreographer: Javier De Frutos for CABARET