The winners of the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard were announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford. What’s On Magazine was once again invited to cover this star studded red carpet event.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, attended The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards national final, held at The Palladium in London.
The awards recognise young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.
A series of regional events took place in October 2018 and culminated in this red-carpet ceremony hosted by Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton in the national final at the Palladium. Nine awards were given out by celebrity presenters, including Prince’s Trust Celebrity Ambassadors.
Among them were Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dr Brian May, Maya Jama, Danny Dyer, Kate Garraway, Luke Evans, Nicola Adams, Tinie Tempah, Gemma Atkinson and Tom Walker.
Dylan England, 26 from Surrey was the winner of the Homesense Young Achiever of the Year Award and was presented his award by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Years of systemic abuse left Dylan from Surrey, battling with depression and feeling at rock bottom.
When he saw the same cycle of abuse starting over with other children, he knew he had to do something, so he reported it to the police and gave evidence in court.
The experience took its toll on Dylan and he attempted to take his own life a number of times. Dylan joined The Trust’s Team programme at Carshalton College in 2017 with the hope of turning his life around when many others had given up on him.
Dylan feels like his life has now begun and is using his role as a Young Ambassador to inspire and empower others. He is also now working as an Assistant Team Leader on the Team programme to help other young people build the confidence and skills they need to turn their lives around.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, who presented the award, said: “Dylan is such an amazing young man, and a credit to the work of The Prince’s Trust. His relentless commitment to helping others after the struggles he has overcome in his own life is truly inspiring.”
On winning his award, Dylan said: “Winning the national Young Achiever Award is such an honour. The difference between where I was even 18 months ago, and where I am now is amazing. I’ve had so much support from those around me, The Prince’s Trust and particularly my Team mentors – so would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.”
There were a series of special moments for the young winners of the awards, including the winner of the HSBC UK Breakthrough Award, Kieran Egan, being surprised by one of his idols, England Manager and Prince’s Trust Ambassador Gareth Southgate.
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust gives young people the skills and confidence to live, learn and earn. Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.
TK Maxx and Homesense have been a partner of The Prince’s Trust since 2013 and are one of The Trust’s largest delivery partners of the Get into Retail programme. This is a two to six week course that develops young people’s skills in the retail sector and supports them into positive outcomes in retail. Since the partnership began, over 70% of young people who have taken the course went on to full time employment at TK Maxx or Homesense.
TK Maxx and Homesense are proud to have helped over 1000 young people through the Get into Retail programme.
Homesense supports The Prince’s Trust’s work with vulnerable young people through the Achieve programme, which helps young people aged 13-19 to engage and succeed in education.
Achieve helps vulnerable young people to overcome the barriers holding them back and provides them with the support and skills they need to get their lives back on track. With the support of Homesense associates and customers, vital funds will be raised to help more than 1,500 young people in local communities across the UK to develop the skills and confidence needed to engage and succeed in education, through relevant, engaging and informal learning.
In addition, there is a homewares collection that have been designed to “fill your home with positivity” including ‘Happy’ cushions and plates, an ‘All Good’ apron, and a ‘Hold it Together’ tea towel, all featuring the Fearne Loves print. There are also a number of gift options including the Fearne Loves Set of 2 Mugs, one featuring the Fearne Loves dinosaur print with ‘Calm’ written inside the mug, while the other is adorned with ‘All Good’ and a ray of sunshine on the outside.
Xenia Xenophontos, head of communications at Cath Kidston added: “Fearne has been a long-standing brand ambassador and fan of Cath Kidston, so we are extremely excited to announce this collection and celebrate this evening. Fearne is a British style icon who perfectly encapsulates our brand values and motto, to ‘brighten up your day’.”
The Fearne @ Cath Kidston range is available in selected Cath Kidston stores and online, with prices ranging from 8 pounds for a luggage tag or zip purse to 95 pounds for the bomber jacket.
Cath Kidston will be following up its collaboration with Cotton with a new Disney collection celebrating Mickey’s 90th anniversary, which launched last month.
This year’s Lebedev Award went to Sir Cameron Mackintosh, a co-producer of Hamilton and owner of its London home, the Victoria Palace Theatre, for his contribution over 50 years to musical theatre.
Nine Night, a tragi-comedy about a family gathering on the final night of the traditionally Caribbean mourning period, earned first-time writer Natasha Gordon the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright. The award comes with a generous donation made by Dame Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief and Artistic Director of Condé Nast. As an actress Gordon, 42, has had roles in previous Evening Standard Award winners, Red Velvet and Clubland, and her TV work includes Law and Order and EastEnders. She will take over the starring role in Nine Night when it transfers to Trafalgar Studios next month.
The annual awards, marking the 64th year, were hosted by the Evening Standard owner, Evgeny Lebedev, with co-hosts Dame Anna Wintour, Claire Foy and Idris Elba. Fleabag and Killing Eve writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge returned for the second year to present the ceremony.
The individual awards were presented by Idris Elba, Claire Foy, Andrew Garfield, Richard Madden, Stella McCartney, Jenna Coleman, Letitia Wright and Paapa Essiedu, Patti LuPone and Bee Carrozzini.
In an extraordinarily successful year of West End transfers and extended runs, five of the productions to have won Evening Standard Awards this year can still be seen. Antony and Cleopatra is at the National’s Olivier, until 19 Jan; Company is booking at the Gielgud, WC2 until 30 Mar; Hamilton continues at Victoria Palace, SW1; The Inheritance is at Noël Coward, WC2 until Jan 19; and Nine Night transfers to Trafalgar Studios, SW1 from 1 Dec until 23 Feb.
Among three live performances on the night Jonathan Bailey and cast members of Company performed Getting Married. Sharon D. Clarke also sang Lot’s Wife from Caroline, or Change, the musical she is currently starring in at the Playhouse Theatre, and Michael Jibson performed King George’s song, You’ll Be Back, from Hamilton.
In addition to the awards presentations, the first in what promises to be an annual tribute was made to Behind-the-Scenes Heroes of theatre, dedicated on this occasion to the dressers, in partnership with Maison Margiela. Designer John Galliano introduced it with a speech in which he revealed that he started his working life as a dresser at the National Theatre after finishing at St Martin’s School of Art. He invited 26 dressers seated in the auditorium to join him on stage to take a bow.
The official After-Party, in association with Michael Kors, followed the awards ceremony and was hosted by Evgeny Lebedev with co-host Cressida Bonas.
GUESTS INCLUDED: Dame Anna Wintour, Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Evgeny Lebedev, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Garfield, Sophie Okonedo, Jenna Coleman, Letitia Wright, Stella McCartney, Richard Madden, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Shirley Bassey, Cressida Bonas, Bee Carrozzini, Paapa Essiedu and Douglas Booth.