Olivier Awards – Congratulations to dance superstar Sylvie Guillem, Wicked, and Crystal Pite

The Royal Opera House was the setting for last night’s Olivier awards and we are delighted that two of the productions we had on our stage last year came out on top in their respective categories.

So, huge congratulations to Crystal Pite  who won Outstanding Achievement in Dance  for her choreography of The Tempest Replica, Sadler’s Well.    Tempest Replica was  performed on our stage as part of the Award Winning International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 which we  co-produce with our partner DanceXchange.

And congrats also go  to Wicked at the Apollo Theatre (London production) for winning the This Morning Audience Award.  Well deserved too as we really enjoyed a memorable summer run of  the touring production here at the theatre last year.

Lastly, special congratulations to dance superstar Sylvie Guillem who received a Special Award for her contribution to dance.  Ms Guillem only  ever performed on the Hippodrome stage outside London as part of the 2012 and 2014 International Dance Festivals so we  are honoured that Ms  Guillem has chosen the Hippodrome  to dance her very last UK performances here in September.


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Life In Progress  features both existing and new works by choreographers who have influenced her spectacular career.  This is the last chance to see one of the world’s best-loved dancers and we are expecting huge demand for tickets.  Prior to the Hippodrome dates she will perform at Sadler’s Wells London and Edinburgh Festival.

For the full list of winners  go to  Olivier Awards website  #Olivierawards

Roll out the red carpet for a big night of celebrating theatre!

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

It’s almost time for the great and the good of British Theatre to grace the red carpet at London’s Royal Opera House for the 2013 Olivier Awards, and I for one can’t wait.

Summer Strallen & Tom Chambers in Top Hat

Summer Strallen & Tom Chambers in Top Hat

It is great to see this annual awards ceremony finally getting back the coverage it deserves, with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 2 from 6pm and a highlights show from 6pm on ITV both on Sunday night – so let’s rejoice fellow thespians and get involved!

As a regular theatre-goer it’s always pretty satisfying taking a look at the nominees and winners and thinking – “I saw that/them!”, “That deserves to win”, or on occasion, “How on Earth did that/they get their hands on a golden statue!?” – so what are your top picks? Make sure to join in the conversation on Sunday evening as I will be tweeting live from the Birmingham Hippodrome account (@brumhippodrome) on everything Olivier.

There are also some strong connections between this year’s nominees and our wonderful theatre. Top Hat, which opened with us as it’s 2nd ever venue back in 2011, is now up for 7 awards including Best New Musical and nominations for both leads who played the same roles on the Hippodrome stage, Summer Strallen and Tom Chambers as Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical.



ILL-abilities, who guest starred in last year’s Breakin’ Convention here at the Hipp, are up for the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award as is Lez Brotherston’s set and costume designs for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty which was with us back in February.

Looking forward, next year’s big summer musical-hit, Wicked is also nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award.

So, make sure to crack open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate a big night of British theatre with me this Sunday and share your thoughts with us @brumhippodrome. (Tiara’s and Top Hat’s optional)