Kevin Spacey Steals The Show At The Oliviers By Jayjay Epega

Kevin Spacey and Dame Judi Dench (courtesy of Getty Images)

Kevin Spacey and Dame Judi Dench (courtesy of Getty Images)

It was a dazzling night for The Luxury Channel, when we made our way to the stunning surroundings of London’s Royal Opera House, where Kevin Spacey stole our hearts and the show at the Oliviers (known as the theatre Oscars). He surprised all the audience present by launching into an unannounced performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water, performing a duet with singer Beverly Knight, backed by a full orchestra. Spacey, who last won the best actor Olivier in 1999, picked up a very special award for his outstanding contribution to the Old Vic theatre, where he has been artistic director since 2004. He steps down from the role at the end of this year, with Matthew Warchus taking his place.

Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight (courtesy of ITV)

Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight (courtesy of ITV)

Spacey himself said “I love the theatre more than I can begin to express to you.” He also got a wonderful compliment from the legendary Judi Dench who said of the acclaimed House of Cards actor as she presented the award to him, “He took the Vic on for 10 years….he stuck at it and made it the most enormous success.”

Dame Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey (courtesy of Getty Images)

Dame Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey (courtesy of Getty Images)

Beloved actress Angela Lansbury, who followed in the footsteps of her mother, Moyna Macgill (who made her debut on the same stage almost a century ago), was one of the lucky stars to also pick up an award. The veteran star said her win left her feeling like “a million dollars.” Her role in Blithe Spirit saw her return to London’s West End for the first time in 40 years.

Angela Lansbury (courtesy of Getty Images)

Angela Lansbury (courtesy of Getty Images)

The event, which attracted some of the biggest names in Theatreland, also saw Mark Strong named best actor for his performance in A View From The Bridge, while Downton Abbey‘s Penelope Wilton won best actress. Her performance as a mother whose lawyer son was imprisoned by the Nazis in Taken At Midnight saw her triumph over stars including Gillian Anderson and Kristin Scott Thomas.

For more information, please visit www.olivierawards.com.

The 2015 Olivier Award Winners

Best Actor – Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre
Best Actress – Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Best RevivalA View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre
Best Director – Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre
Best New PlayKing Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre
Best Actor In A Supporting Role – Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at Aldwych Theatre
Best Actress In A Supporting Role – Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre
Best Actor In A Musical – John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
Best Actress In A Musical – Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
Best New MusicalSunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
Outstanding Achievement In Music – Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical – George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical – Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
This Morning Audience AwardWicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre
Best New ComedyThe Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre
Best Musical RevivalCity of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
Best Lighting Design – Howard Harrison for City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
Best Sound Design – Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
Best EntertainmentLa Soirée at La Soirée Spiegeltent
Best Costume Design – Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre
Best Set Design – Es Devlin for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre
Best New Dance Production32 Rue Vandenbranden by Peeping Tom at Barbican and Mats Ek’s Juliet And Romeo by Royal Swedish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells
Outstanding Achievement 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 ProductionThe Mastersingers of Nuremberg at 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 London Coliseum
Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate TheatreBull at The Maria at the Young Vic
Best Theatre Choreographer – Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
Special Awards – Kevin Spacey and Sylvie Guillem