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Amanda Harris in the RSC's Othello in 2004
Amanda Harris in Othello

Olivier honours for the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company is celebrating after bagging two Olivier Awards, the most prestigious honours in theatre.


Not one but two Olivier Awards for the Royal Shakespeare Company - no surprise then that artistic director Michael Boyd said he was "thrilled".

Amanda Harris was honoured for her performance as Emilia in last year's Othello, while Deirdre Clancy won Best Costume Design for All's Well That Ends Well, which ran last winter at The Swan.

The double honour was particularly poignant for Boyd as they came for productions staged during his first year as artistic director in Stratford.

Amanda Harris beat off stiff competition for her Best Performance in a Supporting Role, including that from Dame Judi Dench who was nominated for her performance in All's Well That Ends Well for the RSC.

Dame Judi in All's Well at the RST
The costumes of All's Well won out

Amanda's performance as the wife of evil Iago, played by Antony Sher, was acclaimed for the Stratford, which went on a tour of Japan before becoming the first production to play London's Trafalgar Studios.

Stratford audiences will be able to see Amanda back on stage in March, when she plays Titania in Gregory Doran’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Mr Boyd said:  "I am really thrilled that Amanda Harris received an Olivier for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Emilia in Gregory Doran's Othello, a production that not only brought critical acclaim both in Stratford and Japan, but also opened the Trafalgar Studios in London.

“I am equally thrilled that Deirdre Clancy's beautiful designs for the costumes for All’s Well That Ends Well received an Olivier, and congratulations to our Costume Department in Stratford for bringing Deirdre's designs to life.”

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