Sheridan Smith Best Actress in Laurence Olivier Awards

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

After being cast on the spot by director Jerry Mitchell in the musical Legally Blonde Sheridan Smith received the award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Last night Smith received the award in London’s theatre at Drury Lane after a disappointing time three years ago when she left without a bronze statuette Sheridan was ecstatic to receive the award.

Smith said: “The girls in my category you are amazing,”

 ”I don’t think I deserve to be here. I know you all want to get to the afterparty and get hammered. I had the best 14 months. This is the perfectly baked cake.”

After receiving her award, she said: “I’m a complete chav, a complete scrubber from Donny. I’m just blagging it.”

Boasting the biggest Oliviers yet, last night’s organisers included a surprise performance from Barry Manilow, Angela Lansbury and 360 dancing students in a dramatic finale.

However, the biggest surprise of the night came from an opera that first performed to 35 people in a pub who beat international opera companies to take home the award for best new opera

OperaUpClose’s production of La Bohème, which first showed a couple of years ago in The Cock Tavern, north London, fought off competition from the 2,200-seat Royal Opera House.

“If you’d have told us we would even be in the audience of this a year ago we wouldn’t have believed you,” said the opera’s director Robin Norton-Hale. “To have gone from a 35-pub theatre to winning this.”

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