Published on March 11th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
No Olivier for Tennant
As announced with the nomination list in February, David Tennant was ruled ineligible for an Olivier award at this year’s ceremony on Sunday evening at Grosvenor House – but his Hamlet co-star Patrick Stewart managed to pick up the third of this career.
Playing Claudius opposite both Tennant and his understudy Edward Bennett made Stewart the real success of Hamlet for the theatre history books – David Tennant’s back injury ruled him out of contention.
Despite Tennant playing the role over 5 months during 2008 at two venues, the Olivier Awards deal only with the London theatre scene. Tennant’s early performances of Hamlet at the Courtyrad Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon sadly don’t count for the Olivier Awards.