Hansard wins Olivier for Once

By Shelley Marsden

Singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, who participated in last Thursday’s Irish concert at the Royal Albert Hall, was one of the winners at Sunday night’s Olivier Awards in London.

The West End stage version of his Oscar-winning indie film Once picked up two gongs on the night.

Hansard (music and lyrics) shared the Outstanding Achievement in Music award with Markéta Irglová (music and lyrics) and Martin Lowe (composition and arrangements) for their work on Once.

Currently showing at the Phoenix Theatre, the star of the West End production, Zrinka Cvitešic was named Best Actress in a Musical.

Ardal O’Hanlon and Cork actress Sarah Greene had been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories for their performances in The Weir and The Cripple of Inishmaan respectively, but the awards were won by Jack Lowden (Ghosts) and Sharon D Clarke (The Amen Corner).

Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive had been nominated in the Best New Play category but lost out to Chimerica.

For the full list of winners, see www.theolivierawards.com.



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