‘My Neighbour Totoro,’ Paul Mescal, Jodie Comer win at Olivier awards

LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) – A phase adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s 1988 animated film “My Neighbour Totoro” was the big winner at the Olivier Awards on Sunday, picking up six prizes at Britain’s top rated theatre extravaganza.

The Royal Shakespeare Firm’s (RSC) critically acclaimed production, centered on the substantially-cherished movie by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki about two sisters who find out helpful forest spirits when they go to a new state property with their father in publish-war Japan, experienced led nominations with 9 nods.

It won finest enjoyment or comedy play as effectively as the director, established, lighting, seem and costume layout group prizes.

“‘My Neighbour Totoro’ is a story about kindness, braveness and imagination and we will without end be grateful for the kindness, bravery and creativity of the extraordinary men and women that arrived together to make this manufacturing,” Griselda Yorke, govt producer at the RSC, claimed.

A revival of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” gained 3 awards at the party that celebrates the most effective demonstrates in the cash and is named right after the famed British actor Laurence Olivier.

It gained best revival, very best actor for Paul Mescal for his part as Stanley Kowalski and best actress in a supporting job for Anjana Vasan, for her portrayal of Stella.

“I just have to thank Tennessee Williams truly … he gave us magic alternatively of realism and which is what we all desired,” director Rebecca Frecknall, who very last calendar year gained most effective director for “Cabaret,” reported.

“Standing at the Sky’s Edge,” about 3 family members dwelling for a interval of more than 60 decades in a council housing estate in the English town of Sheffield, received very best new musical and most effective primary score or new orchestrations for musician Richard Hawley and composer Tom Deering.

“Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer gained ideal actress in just one-woman play “Prima Facie,” in which she portrays a barrister who defends adult males accused of sexual assault before herself becoming assaulted. The generation was named most effective new play and the 30-year-old, who won rave evaluations for her West Close debut, reprises the part on Broadway this thirty day period.

“This play has changed my life so considerably,” she stated in her acceptance speech.

A new creation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” gained most effective musical revival and greatest actor in a musical for Arthur Darvill. Katie Brayben won the greatest actress equal for musical “Tammy Faye.”

Other honourees integrated veteran actor and two-time Olivier winner Derek Jacobi, who was presented a life span accomplishment award.

“It feels great specifically to be offered an award in his identify, since he was a very important portion of my early vocation,” Jacobi informed Reuters of Olivier.

Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian
Added reporting by Hannah Ellison
Enhancing by Sharon Singleton and Matthew Lewis

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