Geoffrey Rush - Geoffrey Rush Reigns At Aussie Theatre Awards
Geoffrey Rush has added another trophy to his mantel after accepting one of Australia's prestigious Helpmann Awards on Monday (01Aug11).
Rush received the Best Actor in a Play award for his turn in an Aussie reprisal of The Diary of a Madman at the annual performing arts prizegiving, held at the Sydney Opera House.
Accepting the honour, Rush told the audience, "We first did this (production) in '89 and it's been a hell of a journey."
The play also won Best Original Score and Best Director for Neil Armfield.
Cate Blanchett was also a big winner - she was named Best Actress in a Play for her role in her Sydney Theatre Company's production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
Family-friendly stage show Mary Poppins won eight Helpmann Awards out of its 12 nominations, including Best Musical, and Best Male and Female Actors in a Musical for its leads Matt Lee and Verity Hunt-Ballard.