London 2012 opening ceremony wins theatre award
In this July 27, 2012 file photo, the Olympic rings light up during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool, File)
Published Monday, February 18, 2013 5:56AM EST
LONDON -- Director Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony has been named theatre event of the year at London's Whatsonstage awards.
Boyle's spectacular panorama of British history beat an eclectic list that included the "Globe to Globe" Shakespeare season and Susan Boyle musical "I Dreamed a Dream."
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" was named best new play at Sunday's awards, and "The Bodyguard" best new musical.
A Chichester Festival production of "Sweeney Todd" won five prizes including best actor and actress in a musical for Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
Rupert Everett was named best actor in a play for his Oscar Wilde in "The Judas Kiss," and Sheridan Smith was best actress for the title role in "Hedda Gabler."
The prizes are run by theatrewebsite whatsonstage.com.