Staff Writer @PetyaJordanoffBritain’s biggest theatre awards, the Oliviers, took place last Sunday at the Royal Opera House. The glamorous ceremony featured special performances from Broadway star Bernadette Peters and international opera sensation Joseph Calleja, as well as thrilling live performances from all the nominated musicals. The show was topped by an unforgettable finale from ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus to mark 15 years of the hit show Mamma Mia! The co-hosts Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton looked incredible and did a marvelous job and we already want them for next year’s round. There were no big surprises when it came to the top prizes for best play, director, designer and actress, as they coincided exactly with those handed out at the less-publicised Critics' Circle awards this January. Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, a play about the entwined fates of China and the United States, was the big winner with five trophies including best new play and best director for Lyndsey Turner. Lesley Manville, pictured above & also below with Rory Kinnear, was crowned Best Actress for her unforgettable performance in Ghosts. "Oh, Larry, where have you been all my life?" remarked the seasoned stage actress while clutching her statuette. Rory Kinnear broke a lot of fangirls' hearts when he took home the Olivier Award for Best Actor beating Tom Hiddleston, who, however, looked as gorgeous as usual (see below). Kinnear, pictured below with Manville, said the fact that in-demand movie actors like Dench, Hiddleston and Law kept returning to the London stage 'shows how addictive it is.'
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