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Olivier Awards 2019: The Inheritance, Company and Come From Away lead winners

The Inheritance

Feature by Jack Foley

THREE theatre productions grabbed four prizes apiece at this year’s Olivier Awards (2019). Musical Come From Away, drama The Inheritance (main picture) and musical revival Company proved to be the night’s biggest winners.

Come From Away won the coveted prize of Mastercard Best New Musical, as well as Outstanding Achievement in Music, Best Theatre Choreographer (Kelly Devine) and the Royal Albert Hall Award For Best Sound Design (Gareth Owen).

While Matthew Lopez’s play The Inheritance took home the American Airlines Best New Play, as well as the Best Actor trophy for first-time nominee Kyle Soller, who overcame fierce competition from Sir Ian McKellen, David Suchet, Arinzé Kene, and a joint nomination for Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles.

The Inheritance, which examines life in the aftermath of the AIDs crisis, also won the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design (Jon Clark) and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director (Stephen Daldry).

Soller received a lot of praise on social media for his acceptance speech, saying: “This play would not have existed without a debt of sacrifice to the people who died during the AIDs epidemic. To those that were lost, to those that continue the fight in a world where you can still be stoned to death for loving who you love… thank you.”

Company‘s wins came for Jonathan Bailey, who picked up his first ever Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Patti LuPone, who won best actress in a supporting role, as well as the Magic Radio Best Musical Revival and the Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design (Bunny Christie).

Patsy Ferran

Eight of the winners on the night were first-time nominees, including highly popular – and surprise – best actress winner Patsy Ferran (pictured), who won for her critically lauded performance in Summer And Smoke, which also claimed the award for Cunard Best Revival.

Other first-time nominee winners included Chris Walley, who won best actor in a supporting role for The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, and Kobna-Holdbrook Smith, who won best actor in a musical for his portrayal of Ike in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

Monica Dolan also picked up her first ever Olivier Award as best actress in a supporting role for her performance in All About Eve alongside fellow nominee Gillian Anderson.

Many of the winning shows had transferred to the West End following a successful run at other venues, including best new comedy, Home, I’m Darling.

The best entertainment and family category, meanwhile, was won by A Monster Calls at The Old Vic.

This year’s ceremony, which took place on Sunday, April 7, 2019, was hosted by Jason Manford and included performances from The Lion King, Caroline, Or Change, Come From Away, Company, Fun Home, The King And I, Six and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

View the winners list in full