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Olivier Awards 2015 winners announced

Prizes go to new play King Charles III, and performers Kevin Spacey, Sylvie Guillem, Angela Lansbury and Mark Strong.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 April 2015 at 10.59am | 4 Comments

Last night (12 April) saw the Royal Opera House red carpet rolled out for the Olivier Awards 2015.

Winners included King Charles III, which won in the New Play category; Mark Strong who won Best Actor for his performance in the Young Vic's A View From the Bridge; and Penelope Wilton, who won Best Actress for Taken At Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Kevin Spacey was awarded a special Oliviers Honour in recognition of his hugely successful tenure as Artistic Director of the Old Vic, while former Royal Ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem received a special award ahead of her farewell performances at Sadler's Wells later this year.

In the opera and dance categories, Richard Jones's English National Opera production of The Mastersingers of Nuremburg – which originated at Welsh National Opera – won in the New Opera category, while Peeping Tom and Mats Ek shared the New Dance Production prize for 32 Rue Vandenbranden and Juliet & Romeo. Crystal Pite won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her choreography in the productions of The Associates – A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris at Sadler’s Wells. Regular Royal Opera designer Es Devlin won in the Set Design category for The Nether.

Other high profile winners included Angela Lansbury, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Blithe Spirit; and Sunny Afternoon – based on songs by The Kinks – which won Best Musical.

View the full list of Oliviers 2015 winners.

This article has 4 comments

  1. Charles responded on 13 April 2015 at 1:45pm Reply

    As somebody who gave so much to the artistic life of the Royal Ballet and to audiences over many years, would it be fair to ask why the response to the Special Olivier award to Sylvie Guillem feels half-hearted?

    Apart from the brief statement here and a re-tweet saying she had won the award, the silence feels deafening.

    As a dancer who has given so much to the artistic life in this country, surely this lack of response does not befit the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 16 April 2015 at 10:38am

      Dear Charles

      We are delighted that Sylvie Guillem received an award at the Oliviers, and in fact it was given by Anthony Dowell, who delivered a lovely speech about her career at The Royal Ballet and elsewhere.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  2. Richard Jones also won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his three productions at ENO – Rodelinda, The Girl of the Golden West and Mastersingers. Well done!

  3. Stephen Diviani responded on 14 April 2015 at 10:55am Reply

    Delighted by ENO's double win, which is definitely deserved. And a slap in the face for ACE, which seems determined to destroy the company. ENO are a company of which we should all be proud, producing exciting & challenging & rewarding work.

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