Matilda the Musical stole the show at the Olivier Awards on Sunday, scooping seven awards – a record number for a single show – including best new musical and best director.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s interpretation of Roald Dahl’s novel was also awarded Best Actress in a Musical for its young actresses Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington-Cox who at 10 becomes the youngest ever winner of an Olivier Award, the Oscars of the British theatre industry.
Matilda began life in Stratford-upon-Avon before moving to the West End where it has achieved huge box office success
The most glamorous date in the UK theatrical calendar, held at the Royal Opera House, saw the best actor award given jointly to Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller for their roles in Frankenstein at the Olivier Theatre.
Ruth Wilson was awarded Best Actress for her role in Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, with the play also winning Best Revival.
Edward Watson won the Outstanding Achievement in Dance award for his performance in The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, and Best New Dance Production went to Desh by the Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells.
English National Opera collected the award for Best New Opera Production for Castor and Pollux, and its artistic programme was recognised with an Outstanding Achievement in Opera award.
Les Misérables, the musical by Cameron Mackintosh, beat Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys and Wicked to win the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award – the only award voted for by the public.