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Irish stage star Andrew Scott wins Olivier for Best Actor


Andrew Scott (Matt Crossick/PA)

Andrew Scott (Matt Crossick/PA)


Andrew Scott (Matt Crossick/PA)

Irish actor Andrew Scott has won a stage award while many theatres remain closed because of the pandemic.

The Fleabag star landed best actor at the Olivier Awards for his role in Present Laughter, a modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

The virtual ceremony, hosted by Jason Manford, was originally scheduled for April but was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Sunday night's pre-recorded ceremony, which aired on ITV, also saw Sharon D Clarke win best actress for Death Of A Salesman at the Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre.

Pre-recorded at the London Palladium, the ceremony honoured Sir Ian McKellen with his seventh Olivier Award for his 80th Birthday tour.

Sir Ian told Manford of the "crazy idea" behind the tour.

"I didn't want to have a birthday party," he said.

"I didn't think there was anything to celebrate.

"So, I thought if I go out of London no-one will be able to find me ... I initially thought I'll go around the world ... then when I counted up there were nearly 80 theatres that I knew and loved in this country so I thought why bother going abroad."

Lyricist Don Black received a special award from Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Duchess of Cornwall, who urged the theatre industry to "please remain resilient".

Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre won best new musical. Choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne became the individual with the most Olivier Awards, winning his ninth. He won best theatre choreographer alongside Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins.

Belfast Telegraph