Sir Ian McKellen, Andrew Scott and Indira Varma Win at Laurence Olivier Awards 2020
Sir Ian McKellen, Andrew Scott and Indira Varma were among the winners at Sunday's socially distanced Laurence Olivier Awards, recognizing the best in British theater.
McKellen won a Special Award for his one-man stage show Ian McKellen on Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others, and YOU, which he performed at around 80 theaters across the U.K. in 2019, donating all profits to the venues in question and other arts-related nonprofits.
The actor told host Jason Manford that he embarked on the supremely generous tour in order to avoid having an 80th birthday party in London. "I thought if I go out of London, no one will be able to find me," he said drolly. "I initially thought I’ll go around the world, [but] then when I counted up there were nearly 80 theaters that I knew and loved in this country so I thought, 'Why bother going abroad?
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Scott was named Best Actor in a play for his performance in an acclaimed revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at London's Old Vic theater, his second Laurence Olivier Award. His Present Laughter co-star, Torchwood and Game of Thrones alum Indira Varma, won the Best Supporting Actress in a play prize.
Other winners at the Laurence Olivier Awards 2020 included Doctor Who alum Sharon D.Clarke and Killing Eve's Adrian Scarborough. This year's ceremony, streaming live on YouTube, felt especially poignant as the majority of U.K. theaters remain closed due to coronavirus social distancing restrictions.
Did you have the chance to Sir Ian McKellen's one-man stage show? What'd you think!?