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The Duchess of Cornwall attends Olivier Awards



The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Olivier Awards on Sunday night to present the Society Special Award to acclaimed theatre director and choreographer, Sir Matthew Bourne.

Clarence House notes that Sir Matthew is “Hailed by many as the UK’s most successful living choreographer and director” who “has created and directed dance for musicals, theatre and film for 30 years, receiving numerous international accolades.”

Dame Darcey Bussell and Richard E Grant helped present the Special Society Award to Sir Matthew.

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It wasn’t Camilla’s only mention because while presenting another award actor Danny Dyer took the chance to talk to her as she sat in the Royal Box with her son, Tom Parker Bowles.

“Shout out to the Duchess up there. No Charlie tonight I see. I’ll pop up and see you later,” he told her, to laughter from the audience.

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Camilla also had a chance to meet the Olivier Award winners following the ceremony, including Patsy Ferran, who won Best Actress in a Play for her role in Summer and Smoke, a Tennessee Williams adaptation.

Ferran told ITV that Camilla had asked “if it was a big surprise that I won an award, and I said it was a massive, huge surprise. I wasn’t expecting it at all. She said she thought I did very well with dealing with my surprise.

“I’ve never done that, I’ve never met royalty before. So it’s quite a night to remember isn’t it?”

The Olivier Awards honour the best in professional theatre in London and have been presented annually by the Society of London Theatre since 1976. They were renamed the Laurence Olivier awards in 1984 in honour of the legendary British actor, Sir Laurence Olivier, and are the equivalent of an American Tony Award.



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