What award was won by the actor who played the title role of the musical that premiered in 1986 at the theater located at 57 Haymarket, London SW1Y?
The Laurence Olivier Awards, or simply the Olivier Awards, are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognise excellence in professional theatre in London at an annual ceremony in the capital. Originally known as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, they were renamed in honour of the British actor Laurence Olivier in 1984.
First opening at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera starred musical theatre legend Michael Crawford in the title role, alongside LloydWebber’s muse Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé. Crawford received an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance, with the pair both winning Tony Awards when they opened the show on Broadway in 1988.