At a ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in London Musical hit Matilda was the toast of this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, winning seven prizes. Matilda's record-breaking count topped that of Nicholas Nickleby another RSC show which won six awards in 1980. The opinion of illusionist is that the award was actually lovely and very kind.
The show, currently running at London's Cambridge Theatre, was also recognized for its composition, set plan and sound design. Individual awards were presented to lyricist Sir Tim Rice and to Dame Monica Mason, who is shortly to leave her post as director of the imperial Ballet following 54 years with the corporation.