The best London’s West End has to offer was out in force at the 39th annual Olivier Awards.
Angela Lansbury and The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon, were the big winners at Olivier Awards, held on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Opera House. At the ceremony, hosted by Lenny Henry, Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge also won big, taking home three awards including best revival.
Lansbury took home the best supporting actress award.
Angela Lansbury, who turns 90 this October, returned to the West End last year as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. The actress took home the best supporting actress for her performance, telling the audience "I simply can't believe it,” while accepting the statue.
"I can't remember a lot of things these days but I can remember my lines,” the actress said, after receiving a standing ovation from the audience. Adding, "Here I am creeping up to 90 and I feel a million dollars.”
Penelope Wilton took home the award for best actress thanks to her performance in Taken At Midnight. The 68 year old ‘Downton Abbey’ actress beat stars including Gillian Anderson and Kristin Scott Thomas to take home the prize.
The best actor award went to Mark Strong for his performance in A View From The Bridge. Ivo Van Hove also took home the best director award for his work on the Arthur Miller play, which was also named best revival.
John Dagleish and George Maguire play brothers Ray and Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon.
The other big winner of the night was Sunny Afternoon, the musical based on The Kinks, which was written by frontman Ray Davies. John Dagleish, who plays Davies in the production took home the award for best actor in a musical, while George Maguire, who plays Dave Davies, was named best supporting actor in a musical.
Accepting the award Maguire thanked The Kinks guitarist saying, "Thank you Dave for being you”. Ray Davies also took home the award for outstanding achievement in music for his work on Sunny Afternoon, which runs at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre.
In his acceptance speech Davies thanks the people who had inspired his hits, including 'Waterloo Sunset' and 'Sunny Afternoon'. “People are the source of my material, so the next time you're sitting in a park and see someone like me looking at you don't phone the police. I'm just writing about you, The world is a wonderful place to be in for people,” Davies said.
At the end of the evening Dame Judi Dench presented Kevin Spacey with a special award, recognising the actor’s work in London theatre.