That was February's theatre
Short post about a dreadful play

Olivier Awards: Great night for After The Dance, bad night for the BBC

Oliviersjpg After the Dance has, deservedly, stormed it at the Olivier Awards scooping best supporting actor for Adrian Scarborough, best revival and best actress for Nancy Carroll.

I'm particularly pleased Carroll won best actress. Her character gets kills off two thirds of the way through but her performance had already made such a huge impression.

It was also a good night for theatre in that the BBC decided to cover the awards, albeit via the red button. Shame they fudged the opportunity so fundamentally that they earned the wrath of many a theatre tweeter, myself included.

The terrible choice of Jodie Prenger to do red carpet interviews had me switching over for a time. She seemed more concerned with kissing everyone she knew and demonstrated such a gulf in her knowledge of theatre I'm surprised the arriving celebs didn't fall into it.

Then onto the awards themselves. The problem is that the BBC was doing a dual Radio 2 and television broadcast with DJ Paul Gambaccini doubling up as voice over during the ceremony and winners interviewer for Radio and TV. The result was a lot of bad editing decisions cutting to interviews rather than the awards. For example Nancy Carroll's acceptance speech was cut in favour of an interview with Gok Wan.

Only a select few awards were actually shown mainly acting and musicals - none of the technical achievements.

And then there was the shameless Phantom of the Opera plug under the guise of it being it's 20th anniversary or something. Cue loads of old clips and interviews.

Selection of the many, many Tweets:

Maybe the @olivierawards could be properly broadcast on BBC4 rather than being cocked up by @bbcredbutton in future? @MrThomasHesketh

It seems that the @bbcredbutton has decided that British Theatre is only about musicals and actors. How wrong could they be? @fourthwallmag

So we can't see the acceptances speeches but we can see 25 year old clips as they are broadcast live in the auditorium @polyg

But it wasn't all complaints about the BBC coverage. Roger Allam was the surprise winner of best actor for Falstaff in Henry IV P1 & 2 at the Globe, in what was a hotly contended category and a popular winner among the theatre tweeters.

Overall I think theatre was the winner with the awards trending on Twitter all evening and at one point Adrian Scarborough, Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll were all trending at the same time.

You can see the full list of winners here