Have a look at our splendid gallery of pictures taken on Sunday 12 April by our photographer Phillip Cowndley at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The full list of winners is available at www.olivierawards.com.
Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian Lenny Henry, the ceremony featured a showstopping finale with Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight performing a one-off version of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’with the full Oliviers Orchestra and the 90-strong Arts Educational Choir under musical director Larry Blank.
Hampstead Theatre’s hugely successful West End transfer Sunny Afternoon was crowned MasterCard Best New Musical and received acting nods for its stars John Dagleish and George Maguire (Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical) who play brothers Ray and Dave Davies in The Kinks musical. Legendary musician Ray Davies had further cause to celebrate when he received the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for the Sunny Afternoon score.
The Donmar Warehouse’s sell-out production of City of Angels won the much-coveted Magic Radio Best Musical Revival prize, as well as the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design which went to Howard Harrison.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical saw Katie Brayben and Lorna Want win the awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for their on stage portrayals of songwriters Carole King and Cynthia Weil respectively.
Memphis the Musical was awarded two Oliviers in the categories for Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Sound Design, which went to Sergio Trujillo and Gareth Owen.
This year’s Special Award winners were the groundbreaking classical and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem, who was presented her award by Anthony Dowell, and Kevin Spacey, who received his award from Judi Dench in recognition of his tenure as artistic director at The Old Vic Theatre and contribution to the London stage.
The only publicly voted prize, the This Morning Audience Award, was won by Wicked.
On the night the live Oliviers Orchestra performed with orchestrations and original music by conducter Larry Blank, and further orchestrations by Mark Cumberland.
There were also special performances from all the nominated productions in both the MasterCard Best New Musical and Magic Radio Best Musical Revival categories, including performances by Nicole Scherzinger, dancer Akram Khan and a number from Here Lies Love by leading lady Natalie Mendoza and Talking Heads’ David Byrne, who co-created the show with Fatboy Slim.
The evening’s show also included a live link to a free public Olivier Awards celebration on the ITV stage in Covent Garden Piazza hosted by Alison Hammond and West End leading man Michael Xavier, where hundreds of theatre-lovers enjoyed West End performances and a live big screen relay of the ceremony.
Highlights on ITV are available on ITV Player.
All pictures by Phillip Cowndley (click on images for a closer look and captions).