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‘Re­main re­silient’, duchess urges ac­tors

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LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Duchess of Corn­wall urged the­atre ac­tors to stay strong in the face of pan­demic ad­ver­sity as she pre­sented lyri­cist Don Black with the Spe­cial Olivier Award at a vir­tual cer­e­mony on Sun­day evening (UK time).

‘‘I should like to thank those of you whose pro­fes­sion is in the the­atre for your de­ter­mi­na­tion and your flex­i­bil­ity,’’she said. ‘‘Please re­main re­silient — we need you and we have missed you.’’

Lon­don’s theatres have been able to open to so­cially dis­tanced au­di­ences since midAu­gust, but only a hand­ful have done so.

Black re­ceived his award for a body of work in­clud­ing the

James Bond theme songs he cowrote with com­poser John Barry for Thun­der­ball and Di­a­monds Are For­ever.

Among other award re­cip­i­ents, Sir Ian McK­ellen was recog­nised for his 80th birth­day solo tour, while Sharon D. Clarke was named best ac­tress.

Clarke won for her per­for­mance in the Young Vic the­atre’s pro­duc­tion of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Sales­man, while best ac­tor was An­drew Scott in Noel Cow­ard’s Present Laugh­ter at the Old Vic.

Dear Evan Hansen, the story of a lonely stu­dent who fab­ri­cates a friend­ship with a dead boy, won the best new mu­si­cal award.

The Jamie Lloyd Com­pany won best re­vival for its pro­duc­tion of Cyrano De Berg­erac at the Play­house The­atre.

McK­ellen’s one­man tour­ing show earned him his sev­enth Olivier award.

Another re­peat win­ner was Matthew Bourne, who col­lected his ninth. He won best the­atre chore­og­ra­pher along­side Stephen Mear for Mary Pop­pins.

Es­tab­lished in 1976, the awards are Bri­tain’s most pres­ti­gious stage hon­ours. — Reuters

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