LONDON — A revival of “Cabaret” that has been the controversy of London’s theater international since opening in December, on Sunday swept the Olivier Awards, Britain’s an identical of the Tonys.
Starring Eddie Redmayne in his first London function in a decade, “Cabaret” gathered seven awards all through a rite at London’s Royal Albert Corridor. Its haul integrated perfect musical revival, perfect actor in a musical (Redmayne), perfect actress in a musical for Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles, and perfect director for Rebecca Frecknall.
Britain’s newspaper reviewers from time to time struggled for superlatives to explain “Cabaret.” Nick Curtis, writing in The Evening Standard, summed it up with a easy: “Wow. Simply wow.”
Matt Wolf, reviewing the show for The New York Times, stated that Frecknall had made a “outstanding access into musical theater” after a number of lauded degree productions right here, together with of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” and Tennessee Williams’s “Summer and Smoke.” “Frecknall pulls us right into a hedonistic milieu, most effective to ship us out just about 3 hours later reminded of existence’s horrors,” he added.
The musical has won as a lot consideration for its staging as its performances, with audiences made to go into the Playhouse Theater via a facet door, most effective to find the development has been remodeled to appear to be a Nineteen Twenties Berlin nightclub. Ticketholders — a few of whom criticized sky-high ticket prices — must paintings their manner via a labyrinth of corridors stuffed with dancers and beverages to get to their seats.
Of the actors in its authentic forged, Redmayne received specific plaudits. Arifa Akbar, writing in The Guardian, stated he used to be “electrical,” including: “He offers an immense, physicalized efficiency, each muscular and mild, from his curled limbs to his tautly expressive fingertips.”
The opposite giant winner on Sunday used to be “Lifetime of Pi” at Wyndham’s Theater, Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel a few zookeeper’s son who, after a transport twist of fate, is caught on a lifeboat at sea with most effective animals for corporate. It took 5 awards together with perfect new play and perfect actor for Hiran Abeysekera, in addition to a crowd-pleasing perfect supporting actor award for the seven puppeteers who convey a 44-pound puppet tiger to existence onstage.
Reviewers had incessantly singled out the ones puppeteers for reward. Dominic Cavendish, writing in The Daily Telegraph, stated they made the tiger exude “a watchful malevolence and innate elegance,” as he “strikes from brute prowling risk to character in his personal proper.”
Every other displays did set up to get prizes on the Oliviers. “Again to the Long run: the Musical” on the Adelphi Theater, a display that has grabbed consideration for its flying car up to its songs, received perfect new musical, beating displays together with “Get Up! Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical” and the London debut of “Frozen.”
The most efficient comedy play went to “Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)” on the Criterion Theater, a quick and free retelling of Jane Austen’s novel, which closed in February bringing up a loss of audiences returning to the West Finish.
The opposite notable winner used to be a revival of “Constellations” by way of the Donmar Warehouse on the Vaudeville Theater, which took awards for perfect revival and perfect actress in a play for Sheila Atim. That 70-minute, one-act play, a few couple falling out and in of affection, used to be a success closing summer time as British theater got here again to existence after more than one lockdowns.