Australian playwright wins Olivier Award for Prima Facie

Suzie Miller’s critically acclaimed ‘Prima Facie’ took home the awards for Best New Play and Best Actress at the 2023 Olivier Awards.

Australian lawyer turned playwright Suzie Miller has won one of the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, for her acclaimed one-woman drama, Prima Facie.

The Melbourne-born playwright, who moved to the UK in 2010, was presented with her Olivier Award on Sunday night UK time.

Jodie Comer, who performed Prima Facie in its UK season at the Harold Pinter Theatre (in a searing performance recorded for posterity by National Theatre Live) received the Oliver Award for Best Actress.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts