As expected, the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards showered trophies on the sensational Gypsy. Imelda Staunton and Lara Pulver’s performances and Mark Henderson’s lighting were recognised, and the production took Best Musical Revival. But there were surprises elsewhere, with starry shows like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet going home empty-handed, Nicole Kidman losing out in the Best Actress race, and an underdog win for Pat Kinevane and Fishamble’s Silent at Soho Theatre – all welcome given concerns that changes to the Oliviers voting process might favour long-running West End shows and/or A-listers. Here are some of the night’s big hits and misses.
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