Irish drama scoops Olivier awards
IT appears Glen Hansard and John Carney's bittersweet musical 'Once' is still clocking up the accolades.
Having picked up eight Tony Awards in 2012 and an Oscar for Best Original Song, Hansard collected the Laurence Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for 'Once: The Musical' last night.
The award recognised both the achievements of Hansard and Marketa Irglova for their moving lyrics and Musical Supervisor of the West End show Martin Lowe for his composition and arrangements.
"This is amazing," Hansard said on stage at the Royal Opera House in London. "Thanks a million."
Actress Zrinka Cvitesic won the Best Actress in a Musical gong for the lead role of Girl in 'Once'. "I felt along, I felt frightened but in the creative team and cast, I found myself a new family," she said.
Judi Dench and Kathleen Turner joined 'Thor' actor Tom Hiddleston, Barbara Windsor, former 'Sex and the City' star Kristin Davis and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus at the prestigious ceremony.
Irish actor Ardal O'Hanlon missed out on the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Conor McPherson's haunting play, 'The Weir'.
Instead, Jack Lowden took home the top prize for his depiction of artist Oswald Alving in the Almeida Theatre's production of 'Ghosts'.
'Ghosts', starring Monaghan actress Charlene McKenna, picked up several awards including Best Revival and the Best Actress award which went to Lesley Manville for her portrayal of widower Helene Alving.