A Weisz choice for gong
Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00
Oscar winner Rachel Weisz scooped a Laurence Olivier award for best actress last night for her stage role as Blanche DuBois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
Mark Rylance triumphed over Hollywood heart-throbs Jude Law and James McAvoy as well as Darth Vader actor James Earl Jones to be named best actor. Weisz, who like Rylance has won rave reviews and a string of gongs, held off competition at the prestigious theatre awards ceremony from Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton and Juliet Stevenson with her role as a faded southern belle.
Clutching her award, Weisz, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, told the audience: "What a tremendous honour . . .
"It means an awful lot.
"I never thought I would be holding one of these in my lifetime. I'm in such prestigious company . . .
"To get one of these, as my father would say, the wrapping paper alone would have been enough . . .
"Most of all this is for Blanche DuBois, I love her, Tennessee Williams, and all the other messed-up genius poets out there."
Rylance won the prize for his turn as caravan-dwelling anti-hero Johnny "Rooster" Byron in 'Jerusalem', marking the second time he has won the award, while the production's designer Ultz won best set design.