Trans play Rotterdam wins Olivier Award in historic win for LGBT+ theatre

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Performed at the Trafalgar Studios 2, Rotterdam is the first transgender themed play to win an Olivier Award, taking home the gong for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

The show follows Alice as she desires to come out as a lesbian alongside her girlfriend Fiona who wants to start living as a man.

Speaking to Gay Times on the red carpet before the awards, its star Anna Martine Freeman who plays Fiona/Adrian explained the importance of such a nomination.

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“It’s really important that we cover all areas of people and particularly gender and sexuality,” she told us.

“The fact Rotterdam is nominated is a really big deal. It means that LGBTQIA+ people are in the mainstream now. Particularly a trans narrative, a central trans theme that’s going to be shared on such a big platform is just brilliant – it’s just brilliant!”

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Anna also spoke about the importance of LGBT+ plays being seen in mainstream theatre locations, and not in smaller venues – including New York next.

“It’s really important. We need more visibility, especially for queer narratives and for LGBTQIA+ people, and I’m seeing it more and more. The fact that Rotterdam has a further life with us going to New York next month and have a four-week there in a season called Brits Off Broadway means we will take it to The Big Apple, and I’m hoping we’ll be received as warmly and supportively as we have been here.

“I’m still getting stopped in the street by people telling me how moved they were by Rotterdam as it really does reach out across those boundaries, labels and stereotypes. It’s so warm and accessible. It’s really accessible across the board.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took how most of the awards this year, including Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress, New Play and Director.

A full list of winners can be found here.

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