Did anyone watch the Laurence Olivier Awards, the UK’s glitzy annual “Oscars” of the theatre world last night? They were streamed live from the Royal Opera House in London and the evening is a very glamorous affair so I hope you managed to catch it.

Mathilda the Musical dominated the Awards this year, but there were also some other worthy winners including UA’s very own Nigel Harman who won Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of the diminutive, manipulative Lord Farquaad in Shrek.

The National  production of Collaborators at the Cottesloe Theatre, was awarded Best New Play.

The debut play from writer John Hodge, directed by Nicholas Hytner and with Maggie Service in the cast, the piece is set in Moscow, 1938.

Pre-war Moscow is a dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he is offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Congratulations to our winners!