Matthew Warchus has collected the 2012 Best Director Olivier Award for his work on Matilda The Musical.
It marks the first Olivier triumph for Warchus, who has worked on many of London’s most acclaimed shows of recent years – including Boeing Boeing, The Norman Conquests and God Of Carnage – but has never before won the coveted statuette.
Warchus may place his new Olivier Award next to the Tony Award that he won in 2009 for God Of Carnage, having been nominated at the US equivalent of the Oliviers for both that and The Norman Conquest, becoming the first director to be nominated against himself at the Tonys since 1973.
Warchus’s nomination was one of 10 for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebrated musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous story, which was nominated in every category that it was eligible for this year. As director, Warchus’s vision brought together all the elements for which the family musical has been acclaimed and moulded them into the hit show that has won the hearts of critics and the public alike.
In winning, Warchus beat stiff competition from National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors), Rufus Norris (London Road) and Sean Foley (The Ladykillers).