Sporting a fetching Friar Tuck beard, Tim accepted the award on behalf of the UK company and the creative team. Most of the creatives – including director Matthew Warchus, book-writer Danny Rubin, and music supervisor Chris Nightingale – were unable to attend the ceremony, as they are in New York ahead of Groundhog Day’s Broadway opening next Monday!
The award will not be lonely on Tim’s mantelpiece; Matilda the Musical won Best New Musical in 2012.
Earlier in the evening, Andy Karl had won the Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Phil Connors. His award was accepted by Georgie Hagen (who played Nancy in the London production), as Andy is reprising his Phil in the Broadway version.
Tim performed ‘Hope’, a song from the show, backed by some of the cast of the Old Vic production and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The ceremony will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 11th April from 8pm to 10pm BST and then available to view on the ITV Hub for 30 days. It will also be broadcast worldwide (ex-UK) at 8pm BST on Facebook Live. More details here.
Groundhog Day on Broadway is currently in previews, at the August Wilson Theatre, NYC, with opening night on Monday, April 17th. Head to www.groundhogdaymusical.com for tickets and further information.