Company wins four Olivier Awards


Company has won Olivier Awards at this evening's event for Set Designer Bunny Christie (Best Set Design), Patti LuPone (Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical) and Jonathan Bailey (Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical), while the show itself took home Best Musical Revival.

Rosalie Craig missed out on Best Actress in a Musical, which went to Sharon D Clarke for her career-defining performance in Caroline, Or Change, and Richard Fleeshman was nominated in the same supporting category as Johnny Bailey. Choreographer Liam Steel and Lighting Designer Neil Austin were also nominated, losing out to Come From Away's Kelly Devine and The Inheritance's Jon Clarke respectively.

Marianne Elliott, recognised in the Best Director category, also lost out to Stephen Daldry for his six-hour-long epic The Inheritance.

Company was, along with Come From Away, the most nominated show, with nine nods, and both productions (and The Inheritance) won four statuettes each – the most of the evening.

The last Sondheim show to be recognised at the Oliviers was the National Theatre's Follies, which received ten nominations and won two: Best Musical Revival and Best Costume Design (for Vicki Mortimer).

Prior to this, Sondheim won the 2011 Society Special Award for achievements in commercial British theatre, (and in that same year, Into the Woods at Regent's Park Open Air won Best Musical Revival, beating Passion at the Donmar).

Sondheim holds the record for the most Olivier wins in the category of Best New Musical, with awards for:

  • Sweeney Todd (1980)

  • Follies (1987)

  • Candide (1988, considered to qualify as a Sondheim show by the Society of London Theatre)

  • Sunday in the Park with George (1991) and

  • Merrily We Roll Along (2001).

In second place, with three wins, is Andrew Lloyd Webber (Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera).

The only other artists to have won five competitive awards are Ian McKellen, Alan Bennett and Richard Eyre.

Revivals of Sondheim shows have also figured well in Olivier history, with Best Musical Revival wins for:

  • Sweeney Todd in 1994 (National) and 2013 (Adelphi)

  • Pacific Overtures in 2004 (Donmar)

  • Sunday in the Park with George in 2007 (Wyndham's)

  • Into the Woods in 2011 (Regent's Park)

  • Merrily We Roll Along in 2014 (Harold Pinter) and

  • Follies in 2018 (National)

  • (And Candide in 2000 at the ENO, if you're wont to include it.)

The two gongs for Sweeney represent the most Best Musical Revival wins of any revival.

As for Best Actor in a Musical, Sondheim shows have seen wins for:

  • Dennis Quilley (Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, 1980)

  • Philip Quast (George in Sunday in the Park with George, 1991)

  • Henry Goodman (Charles Guiteau in Assassins, 1993)

  • Alun Armstrong (Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, 1994)

  • Adrian Lester (Robert in Company, 1996)

  • Simon Russell Beale (Dr Pangloss in Candide, 2000)

  • Daniel Evans (Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along, 2001, and George in Sunday, 2007) and

  • David Thaxton (Giorgio in Passion, 2011).

The three awards for the character of Sweeney Todd make the r