Angela Lansbury,  A View from the Bridge and the Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon win big at the 2015 Olivier Awards held last night at the Royal Opera House.

With a 40 year absence from the London stage and at 89 years of age, Dame Angela Lansbury won her first Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as eccentric Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Gielguld Theatre.  There were no surprises for director Ivo van Hove’s Young Vic production of Arthur Millers classic A View from the Bridge winning Best Actor, Best Revival and Best Director.  The surprise of the night was the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon winning 4 awards, ahead of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Memphis The musical with  8 & 9 nominations respectively.  Sunny Afternoon won – Best Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Mastercard Best New Musical & Autograph sound award for best achievement in music.

Hosted by Lenny Henry, the awards ceremony included performances by Nicole Sherzinger, the cast of Sunny Afternoon, Memphis The Musical, Emma Hatton from Wicked, Beverley Knight and Kevin Spacey performing A Bridge Over Trouble Waters.

Highlights:

  • Dame Angela Lansbury wins her first Olivier at 89
  • Sunny Afternoon: 4 wins
  • A View from the Bridge: 3 Wins
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical: 2 wins
  • City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse: 2 win
  • Memphis The Musical: 2 wins
  • The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg: 2 wins
  • Honourary Awards: Kevin Spacey & Sylvie Guillem

The full list of 2015 Olivier Award winners is below.

HONOURARY AWARDS
Kevin Spacey & Sylvie Guillem

BEST ACTOR
Mark Strong for A View from the Bridge

BEST ACTRESS
Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre

VIRGIN AIRLINES BEST NEW PLAY
King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

BEST NEW COMEDY
The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR
Ivo Van Hove for A View from the Bridge

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon

BEST ACTRESS SIN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL
Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre

BEST REVIVAL
A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
La Soiree at La Soiree Spiegeltent

THIS MORNING AUDIENCE AWARD
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

AUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon

WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Howard Harrison for City of Angels

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre

XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
Es Devlin for The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Bull at the Maria at the Young Vic

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
32 Rue Vandenbranden by Peeping Tom at the Barbican & Mats Ek’s Juliet And Romeo by Royal Swedish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells

OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE
Crystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates – A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris at Sadler’s Wells

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg at the London Coliseum

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Richard Jones for his direction of The Girl of the Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and Rodelinda at the London Coliseum