On Sunday 2 April, Cunard attended the Olivier Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall celebrating the world-class status of London theatre! Hosted by renowned stage and screen actor Hannah Waddingham, a three-time Olivier Award nominee herself, the Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London theatre and are Britain’s most prestigious stage honours.

As part of Cunard’s partnership with the Society of London Theatre, Cunard were delighted to sponsor the Olivier for ‘Best Revival’ for the third time. This award recognises a theatre performance that has returned to the stage and captured the audiences’ imagination.

Presented by Eddie Izard and Sheridan Smith, the Olivier was awarded to “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Staged at the internationally renowned Almeida Theatre in London, the Tennessee Williams’ production is directed by Rebecca Frecknall and stars Oscar Nominated Paul Mescal who also scooped the Best Actor award for his performance in the revived show, totalling three awards for this production with the award for Best actress in a supporting role going to Anjana Vasan. You can still catch “A Streetcar Named Desire” as it’s transferred to the West End for seven weeks only, at Phoenix Theatre until 6 May 2023.

Rebecca Frecknall, Director of Cunard Best Revival ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at The Oliver Awards 2023

Cunard’s partner, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere of My Neighbour Totoro was the big winner on the night, taking home six Olivier Awards out of its nine nominations consisting of Best Entertainment or Comedy, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting and Best Sound Design. My Neighbour Totoro will return to the West End, with performances at the Barbican from 21 November to 23 Mar. 2024. The RSC cast re join Queen Mary 2 on Friday 7 April for an 11-week residency.

Erica Whyman and Ailin Conant, collecting on behalf of Phelim McDermott, winner of Best Director for RSC’s ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ presented by Mark Strong at The Oliver Awards 2023 

Following the success of its inaugural voyage last spring, London Theatre at Sea with the Olivier Awards is set to return to Queen Mary 2 in 2024, keep an eye out for more details coming soon!

Find out more about Cunard’s partnerships here Our partners – Cunard cruises

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