As the Awards season drears to a close the 2007 Oliviers were handed out last night, rather cheekily claiming to be the theatrical highlight of the year. West End Whingers believe their own awards trump the Oliviers. Even Neve Campbell’s fabulous fluff in Love Song was more exciting.
So were the whingers in agreement with the panel behind the Larrys? Well yes and no. Even in a particularly busy theatre going year a lot of the awards were handed out to productions that somehow managed to slip under the Whingers’ beady radar – usually because they run longer than the whingers’ depleted attention spans could bear.
Anyway, sadly nothing for the fabulous Kathleen Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. That gong was passed to Tamsin Greig for Much Ado About Nothing (running time: 3 hours) , which must have been a pretty good performance to top the Whingers’ personal fave.
They also missed Rock ‘N’ Roll (running time: 3 hours) so can’t comment on Rufus Sewell taking the Best Actor plaudit.
They were pleased that Caroline, Or Change and Sunday in the Park with George took Best New Musical and Outstanding Musical Production titles respectively with Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell taking the Best Actor and Actress in Musical awards for the latter. And as the only thing delighting them in the otherwise abysmal production of Cabaret was the performance of Sheila Hancock, then her award for Supporting Performance in a Musical seems justified.
Other awards included:
- Best New Comedy – The 39 Steps (Criterion)
- Best New Play – Blackbird by David Harrower (Albery)
- Best Revival – The Crucible (Gielgud)
- Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Jim Norton (The Seafarer at the Cottesloe)