Musical Legally Blonde has scooped three prizes at the Olivier Awards while Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies won nothing.
The fluffy musical, based on the Reese Witherspoon movie, bagged the best musical award and the best actress in a musical award for Sheridan Smith.
The actress thanked “everyone who let a chav play the American rich girl”.
She said: “I’m a complete chav, I’m just a little scrubber from Doncaster and I can’t believe I’ve just won an Olivier award.”
Meanwhile, former Eastenders star Jill Halfpenny picked up the gong for the best performance in a supporting role in a musical.
Andrew Lloyd Webber didn’t get any awards for his sequel to Phantom of the Opera in spite of being nominated for seven prizes. The musical has received mixed reviews from critics.
Here are the full list of winners:
:: Society of London Theatre Special Award – Stephen Sondheim
:: Best Actress – Nancy Carroll for After the Dance at the Lyttelton
:: Best Actor – Roger Allam for Henry IV Parts One and Two at Shakespeare’s Globe
:: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Michelle Terry for Tribes at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
:: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Adrian Scarborough for After the Dance at the Lyttelton
:: Best New Play – Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
:: Best Musical Revival – Into The Woods at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
:: Best New Musical – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre
:: Best Entertainment – The Railway Children at the Waterloo Station Theatre
:: Best Actress in a Musical – Sheridan Smith for Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre
:: Best Actor in a Musical – David Thaxton for Passion at the Donmar Warehouse
:: Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Jill Halfpenny for Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre
:: Best Director – Howard Davies for The White Guard at the Lyttelton
:: Best Revival – After the Dance at the Lyttelton
:: Best Theatre Choreographer – Leon Baugh for Sucker Punch at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
:: Best Lighting Design – The White Guard designed by Neil Austin at the Lyttelton
:: Best Set Design – The White Guard designed by Bunny Christie at the Lyttelton
:: Best Costume Design – After the Dance designed by Hildegard Bechtler at the Lyttelton
:: Best Sound Design – King Lear designed by Adam Cork at the Donmar Warehouse
:: BBC2 Audience Award For Most Popular Show – We Will Rock You
:: Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre – Lyric Hammersmith for Blasted
:: Best New Opera Production – Opera Up Close and Soho Theatre’s La Boheme at the Soho Theatre
:: Outstanding Achievement in Opera – Christian Gerhaher for his performance in the Royal Opera’s Tannhauser at the Royal Opera House
:: Best New Dance Production – Babel (words) at Sadler’s Wells
:: Outstanding Achievement in Dance – Antony Gormley for set design in Babel (words) at Sadler’s Wells