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Matilda sweeps the board at the Olivier Awards

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 02:13

April 16 - Matilda musical was the big winner at the Olivier Awards in London, scooping a record breaking seven prizes. Sarah Mills reports.

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Delight for the young stars of musical Matilda. The West End show won a record breaking seven Olivier Awards, including best actress for the girls who take turns playing the title role. Cleo Demetrio was at a loss for words. SOUNDBITE: Cleo Demetriou, actress, saying (English): "Oh....oh...oh....well, I just want to say...." Overwhelmed initially, they soon recovered. Cleo Demetrio, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox loved collecting their award: SOUNDBITE: Matilda girls - Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely, Eleanor Worthington Cox and Cleo Demetriou, actresses, saying (English): Eleanor: "It was like two of our normal theatres plus like nine of our normal crowds. It was amazing!" Cleo: "I was just like 'wow - what do I do next?' Sophia: "It's so cool to be in the Royal Opera House because I mean like it's not really an every day chance that you'll get to go there so it's quite exciting." Based on Roald Dahl's story about a little girl who stands up to her bullying parents - Matilda The Musical won more Olivier Awards on one night than any show has ever done. Scooping seven gongs - it overtook previous record holder Nicholas Nickleby - which took home six statues in 1980. Not only that, the girls are apparently the youngest stars to ever win an Olivier. SOUNDBITE: Matilda girls - Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely, Eleanor Worthington Cox and Cleo Demetriou, actresses, saying (English): Reporter: "Did you think you would win?" All: "No!" Eleanor: "Because we're children it's quite, well, it's a massive honour to actually win one, let alone be nominated for one!" Cleo: "We really thought someone more experienced would have won the award as we're not that experienced." Eleanor: "Maybe the other way around - I may have got a bit mixed up there." Other winners included Jonny Lee Miller for his role in Frankenstein. While lyricist Tim Rice received a special award. However it was these lively girls and their musical who stole the night. Sarah Mills, Reuters

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Matilda sweeps the board at the Olivier Awards

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 02:13