Laurence Olivier Awards

The Royal Opera House won three awards at the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards, announced on Sunday 21 March at Grosvenor House, London.

The Royal Opera House’s production of Tristan und Isolde won both opera awards available: Best New Opera Production and Outstanding Achievement in Opera, which went to Swedish soprano Nina Stemme for her performance of Isolde. The production was conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Christof Lov.

The Royal Opera House also won one of two dance awards: Best New Dance Production for Goldberg: The Brandstrup Rojo Project at ROH2. The Project, a creative collaboration between choreographer Kim Brandstrup and Royal Ballet Principal Tamara Rojo, used J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as its framework and was created for a diverse company of dancers in the intimate setting of the Linbury Studio Theatre.

The second dance award, Outstanding Achievement in Dance, went to the Rambert Dance Company. Among the theatre awards, Rachel Weisz won Best Actress for A Streetcar Named Desire and Mark Rylance was named Best Actor for Jerusalem. Hello Dolly! was awarded Best Musical Revival and Spring Awakening, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, won Best New Musical.

The awards were hosted by actor Anthony Head and attended by nominees including Rowan Atkinson, Derren Brown, Rory Kinnear, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Maureen Lipman, Mark Rylance, Imelda Staunton, Rachel Weisz, Ruth Wilson and Samuel West. Among those presenting awards was tenor Russell Watson.