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Director Rob Ashford collects the Best Revival Olivier Award from James McAvoy

Director Rob Ashford collects the Best Revival Olivier Award from James McAvoy

Anna Christie crowned Best Revival

First published:  15 Apr 2012

The Donmar Warehouse’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie has won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Revival.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play ran at the intimate London theatre last summer, starring Ruth Wilson as the title character who is reunited with her father after 15 years of separation and must reveal her past to achieve redemption.

Wilson starred in the production opposite Jude Law and David Hayman who, speaking to Official London Theatre in 2011, described the play as “a wonderful almost biblical piece,” adding, “It’s one of those jobs we’ll always remember as being special to all of us that are involved with it”. The Olivier judges clearly agreed.

Director Rob Ashford, who accepted the award, said: "This is for entire company, we became so close and we all keep in close contact with each other. This is the one for everybody, this isn’t for me or Jude [Law] or Ruth [Wilson], it’s for all of us together."

The Trevor Nunn-directed production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and the hugely successful Old Vic production of Noises Off, which has recently transferred to the Novello theatre, were also nominated for the award.