She is set to take on the lead in the West End musical of version Made in Dagenham But Gemma Arterton looked anything other than a factory worker when she arrived to co-host The Laurence Olivier Awards with Mastercard on Sunday evening at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Stephen Mangan.
The 28-year-old looked the picture of cool dressed in a fitted pale blue Prada gown, which looked particularly striking as she walked the red carpet Speaking on the red carpet the actress revealed that she believes British theatre is better than film industry in roles for women Speaking the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigoye before the awards she admitted that she hadn’t found the time to see all of the Olivier-nominated productions admitting.
‘I think I’ll have to wing it on the night. I have seen a lot, but I have been away working, and was in the theatre myself.’The actress is in the theatrical spotlight at the moment She started the year in the title role in The Duchess Of Malfi at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, and will finish.
It by starring in the musical adaptation of the film Made In Dagenham, at the Adelphi Theatre from October While rehearsals for the Rupert Goold musical don’t start until August, Gemma has already having six hours of singing lessons a week She said: ‘I’m freaking out because it’s the first time I would have done eight shows a week where there’s one hour of pure singing each performance.
‘I need to build up stamina, and I need to get myself in shape,’ she said, of her preparations for her role as a sewing machinist at Ford in Dagenham in 1968, who helped lead female workers in a fight for equal pay Meanwhile irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners at the ceremony The Book of Mormon- which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York – won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.
The awards, Britain’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tonys, honor achievements in London theater, musicals, dance and opera Founded in 1976, the Oliviers have been laying on the glitz in recent years, with glossy ceremonies modeled on the Tonys This year’s hosts were actors Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan, and performers included tenor Joseph Calleja, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, who reunited onstage to celebrate the 15-year West End run of ‘Mamma Mia.’