Peter Darling, who choreographed the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of Matilda The Musical, has won the award for Best Theatre Choreographer.
It is the second time Darling has won this award and the second time it has come for his work with young performers. Darling previously won the coveted statuette in 2006 for his work on Billy Elliot The Musical.
After accepting the award, Darling joked: "I only work with people under five foot”, adding: "I think there must be an element of [working with children] being my forte, but it was never intended. I don’t think I have a particularly great affinity with children, but I think of them as small adults and I enjoy their anarchy and their energy."
His dance work on the musical adaptation of the famous Roald Dahl story was described by Official London Theatre as: “As intricate as they are impressive. When the dances themselves are not enough, he throws in gates, blocks and swings to spice them up.”
Darling’s nomination was one of 10 for the Tim Minchin/Dennis Kelly written hit show and saw him pitted against substantial opposition in the form of Singin’ In The Rain’s Andrew Wright, and previous winners of this award Crazy For You’s Stephen Mear (who won for Hello, Dolly! in 2010) and London Road’s Javier de Frutos (who won for Cabaret in 2007).