“Matilda the Musical”, won a record seven Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House last night beating the previous best of six on British theatre’s biggest night.
Based on the Roald Dahl children’s story about a girl with special powers, The Royal Shakespeare Company production, which transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in the West End, was created by Dennis Kelly and Australian musician-comedian Tim Minchin.
Among the prizes it picked up was best actress in a musical which went to the four girls who shared the title role. Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox, aged between 10 and 12 years old, were the youngest ever recipients of an Olivier Award.
Other recipients included Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, jointly crowned best actor for their dual performances in Danny Boyle’s staging of Frankenstein. Johnny spoke to reporters about the pressures of working with Boyle.