This years awards were another glittering event promoting all that is good about London theatre. The event is growing and growing and well done to SOLT for raising the profile of this event even more than it did last year. The Royal Opera House was a suitably grand venue, hosted amiably by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
I was pleased to see the following as winners:
- Sheridan Smith wins for a second year in a row, this time for Flare Path.
- Crazy for You’s Peter McKintosh got the award for Best Costume design deservedly.
- Matthew Warchus winning Best Director for Matilda.
- Dame Monica Mason getting the SOLT Special Award for her 54 years of work with the Royal Ballet.
- Nigel Harman I think deserves his just for the fact he performs his role on his knees in Shrek.
- Derren Brown winning his for Svengali which is returning to London in June.
- Crazy for You I was chuffed to see won Best Musical Revival.
- Collaborators was a pleasant surprise for Best Play (I’m off to see that later in the year)
- Seeing Tim Rice’s contribution recognised with a Special Award was also good to see.
Tonight however was Matilda’s night winning a staggering seven of the awards.
Only thing that spoiled the event for me was Ronan Keating and Kimberley Walsh butchering ALW’s “No Matter What”, as one person commented on Twitter, Laurence Olivier was revolving in his grave at that point.
I loved the chance to see the cast for numerous shows performing their numbers and the Lion King finale was a fitting end to the night. A great evening and a splendid advertisement to the world of what the West End offers.