Kevin Spacey is to be honoured with a special award at the 2015 Oliviers.

Kevin Spacey, outgoing Artistic Director of The Old Vic is to be honoured with a special award for his extraordinary contribution to The Old Vic and to British theatre” at the 2015 Oliviers.

Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Society of London Theatre is delighted to formally acknowledge Kevin Spacey’s outstanding contribution to The Old Vic. In general his advocacy of London theatre has been a constant boon, and many of us will miss him as a valued colleague”.

Over his 11 year tenure, Spacey has revived the fortunes and reputation of the Old Vic, placing it at the heart of London theatre and securing its reputation on the international stage.  His commitment to Old Vic New Voices, The Old Vic’s mentoring programme for emerging talent, and The Old Vic’s education and community work, has made a significant impact on the lives of 100,000 young people and local residents in one of London’s most deprived boroughs.

Spacey joined the Old Vic in 2004 and steps down in autumn 2015, to be succeeded by Matthew Warchus. His final appearance will be in a revival of the critically acclaimed sell out role of pioneering lawyer Clarence Darrow. Spacey will be honoured with a star-studded gala with performances by Sting and Annie Lennox on 19 April which aims to raise funds for The Old Vic Endowment Fund.

The 2015 Olivier Awards will be announced at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 April. Shortlists are unveiled on 9 March.