The Complete List Of 2022 Olivier Award Winners!

Cabaret’s cast and crew had a successful night at the annual Olivier Awards, taking home seven of the show’s nine awards for best production. On Sunday night (April 10), the biggest stars in London’s theatre business joined together to hand out prizes for best actor/actress, best director, best choreography, and other categories, including best musical. You’ll find all the information you need here, including the complete list of nominations and winners.

What Are The Olivier Awards?

The Olivier Awards are like the Oscars for London theatre. The Society of London Theatre holds the awards ceremony and presentation every year to honor the best of the city’s professional theatres. The Society of West End Theatre Awards, currently known as the Laurence Oliver Awards, was first presented in 1976. After the death of a British actor, director, and founder of the National Theatre Company Laurence Olivier, the name was changed in 1984. All nominees are interviewed by a jury that includes representatives from the arts community as well as individuals chosen for their dedication to London’s theatre scene.

Sir Laurence Kerr, 1st Baron Olivier of Brighton, 1907-1989
Director of the National Theatre in London and distinguished actor, director, and producer Laurence Olivier (Sir Laurence Kerr, 1st Baron Olivier of Brighton, 1907-1989).

What Happened During The Ceremony?

The Olivier Awards returned to the Royal Albert Hall in 2022 with host Jason Manford after a two-year absence due to the epidemic. For his work as Emcee in Cabaret, Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl, Fantastic Beasts) was awarded Best Actor for a Musical at this year’s Tony Awards. Cabaret won Best Musical Revival, and Redmayne’s co-star Jessie Buckley won Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Sally Bowles in the production.

To which Redmayne responded: “This is the dream. “This is the one for me.” When I was a child, I played this role in a school. ‘It was the item that truly sparked my interest in theatre,” I recall. It was Buckley’s decision to join him on this “trip” that made it possible for the actor to do so, he said. It was “the stuff of dreams,” he said to PA, “to be able to introduce her singing Cabaret and then peek through the curtain and hear her bellow that track.” “You are one of the greats and thank you for that pleasure.”

Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne
During the 2022 Olivier Awards, Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne pose in the winner’s room.

“It’s such a great honor to be part of this community, which I consider my family,” Buckley said as she accepted her prize. All those years ago, you welcomed me with open arms. This is just beautiful.” The performance also paid respect to those who have passed away recently in the profession, such as actors Sir Antony Sher and Dame Barbara Windsor, as well as composer Stephen Sondheim, throughout the awards ceremony.

Jessie Buckley
After winning Best Actress in a Musical for Cabaret, Jessie Buckley accepts her award.

Full List Of Winners

This is the complete list of Olivier Award winners for 2022.

Best Actress

  • Sheila Atim for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville theatre
  • Lily Allen for 2:22 A Ghost Story – Noël Coward theatre
  • Emma Corrin for Anna X – Harold Pinter theatre
  • Cush Jumbo for Hamlet – Young Vic

Best Actor

  • Hiran Abeysekera for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • Ben Daniels for The Normal Heart – National Theatre
  • Omari Douglas for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville theatre
  • Charles Edwards for Best of Enemies – Young Vic
Hiran Abeysekera performs on stage with the cast of Life of Pi during The Olivier Awards 2022.
Hiran Abeysekera performs on stage with the cast of Life of Pi during The Olivier Awards 2022.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Seven actors who play the Tiger for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • Dino Fetscher for The Normal Heart – National Theatre
  • Nathaniel Parker for The Mirror and the Light – Gielgud theatre
  • Danny Lee Wynter for The Normal Heart – National Theatre

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Liz Carr for The Normal Heart – National Theatre
  • Tori Burgess for Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) – Criterion theatre
  • Christina Gordon for Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) – Criterion theatre
  • Akiya Henry for The Tragedy of Macbeth – Almeida

Best Actor In A Musical

  • Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Olly Dobson for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi theatre
  • Arinze Kene for getting Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Lyric theatre
  • Robert Lindsay for Anything Goes – Barbican

Best Actress In A Musical

  • Jessie Buckley for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Sutton Foster for Anything Goes – Barbican
  • Beverley Knight for The Drifters Girl – Garrick theatre
  • Stephanie McKeon for Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Liza Sadovy
After winning an Academy Award for her role in the musical Cabaret, actress Liza Sadovy now holds the title of Best Supporting Actress in a Musical!

Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical

  • Liza Sadovy for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Gabrielle Brooks for getting Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Lyric theatre
  • Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Cinderella – Gillian Lynne theatre
  • Carly Mercedes Dyer for Anything Goes – Barbican

Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical

  • Elliot Levey for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Clive Carter for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly theatre
  • Hugh Coles for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi theatre
  • Gary Wilmot for Anything Goes – Barbican

Best Director

  • Rebecca Frecknall for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Michael Longhurst for Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville theatre
  • Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes – Barbican
  • Max Webster for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre

Best Revival

  • Constellations – Donmar Warehouse at Vaudeville theatre
  • A number – Old Vic
  • The Normal Heart – National Theatre
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth – Almeida
Director Michael Longhurst (L) with the award for Best Revival for Constellations 
Director Michael Longhurst (L) with the award for Best Revival for Constellations

Best Entertainment Or Comedy Play

  • Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) – Criterion theatre
  • The Choir of Man – Arts theatre
  • Pantoland at the Palladium – London Palladium
  • The Shark is Broken – Ambassadors theatre

Best Musical Revival

  • Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Anything goes – Barbican
  • Spring Awakening – Almeida

Best Costume Design

  • Catherine Zuber for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly theatre
  • Jon Morrell for Anything Goes- Barbican
  • Christopher Oram for Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Tom Scutt for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
The cast of Moulin Rouge features Clive Carter (C).
The cast of Moulin Rouge features Clive Carter (C).

Best Sound Design

  • Nick Lidster for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Ian Dickinson for 2:22 A Ghost Story – Noël Coward theatre
  • Carolyn Downing for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • Gareth Owen for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi theatre

Best Original Score Or New Orchestration

  • Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Orchestrator: Simon Hale
  • Anything Goes – New Orchestrations: Bill Elliott, David Chase, and Rob Fisher
  • Back to the Future: The Musical- Composers: Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard; Orchestrations: Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook
  • Life of Pi – Composer: Andrew T Mackay

Best Theatre Choreographer

  • Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes – Barbican
  • Finn Caldwell for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • Julia Cheng for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Sonya Tayeh for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly theatre

Best Set Design

  • Tim Hatley for Design and Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell for Puppets for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • Tim Hatley for Design and Finn Ross for Video Design for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi theatre
  • Derek McLane for Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly theatre
  • Tom Scutt for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
The Life of Pi cast takes the stage at the 2022 Olivier Awards
The Life of Pi cast takes the stage at the 2022 Olivier Awards

Best Lighting Design

  • Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding for Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • Neil Austin for Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Isabella Byrd for Cabaret – The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse theatre
  • Tim Lutkin for Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

  • Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra for Bajazet – Royal Opera House, Linbury theatre
  • Christine Rice for her performance in 4/4 – Royal Opera House
  • Takis for set and costume design of HMS Pinafore by English National Opera – London Coliseum

Best New Opera Production

  • Jenůfa – Royal Opera House
  • Bajazet – Royal Opera House, Linbury theatre
  • The Cunning Little Vixen by English National Opera – London Coliseum
  • Theodora – Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

  • Arielle Smith for her choreography of Jolly Folly in Reunion by English National Ballet – Sadler’s Wells
  • Acosta Danza for De Punta A Cabo in 100% Cuban – Sadler’s Wells
  • Dancers for NDT2 Tour – Sadler’s Wells
  • Edward Watson for his performance in The Dante Project – Royal Opera House

Best New Dance Production

  • Revisor by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young / Kidd Pivot – Sadler’s Wells
  • Draw From Within by Rambert Dance Company – Sadler’s Wells
  • Transverse Orientation by Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells – Sadler’s Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre Award for Old Bridge goes to George Turvey, Chris Foxton, and the rest of the cast.
Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre Award for Old Bridge goes to George Turvey, Chris Foxton, and the rest of the cast.

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Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre

  • Old Bridge – Bush theatre
  • 10 Nights – Bush Theatre
  • Folk – Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
  • The Invisible Hand – Kiln theatre
  • A Place for We – Park theatre

Best Family Show 

  • Wolf Witch Giant Fairy – Royal Opera House, Linbury theatre
  • Billionaire Boy – Garrick theatre
  • Dragons and Mythical Beasts – Regent’s Park Open Air theatre
  • What the Ladybird Heard – Palace theatre

Best New Play 

  • Life of Pi – Wyndham’s theatre
  • 2:22 A Ghost Story – Noël Coward theatre
  • Best of Enemies – Young Vic
  • Cruise – Duchess theatre
Back to the Future Olly Dobson in Concert with the Cast
Back to the Future Olly Dobson in Concert with the Cast
  • Back to the Future: The Musical – Adelphi theatre
  • The Drifters Girl – Garrick theatre
  • Frozen – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Lyric theatre
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly theatre

Five Special Recognition Award Winners

  • Lisa Burger
  • Bob King
  • Gloria Louis
  • Susie Sainsbury
  • Sylvia Young