12 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Critics lavished Angela Lansbury with praise for her role as eccentric medium Madame Arcati
Dame Angela Lansbury has won her first-ever Olivier Award after a 40-year absence from the London stage, while The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon picked up the most awards.
Dame Angela, 88, won best supporting actress for the role of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, while Penelope Wilton won best actress for Taken at Midnight.
Mark Strong took best actor for A View from the Bridge at The Young Vic.
The play also won best revival and best director for Ivo Van Hove.
Tragic hero Eddie Carbone lured Strong back to the stage after 12 years in film
Hosted by actor and comedian Lenny Henry, the ceremony took place at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday night.
Accepting her award, Dame Angela said: “All these years of waiting. I am so infinitely grateful to have this baby in my hands.
“Here I am creeping up to 90 and feeling like a million dollars because I’m in London in this magnificent hall with all you – my roots, where I began.”
Sunny Afternoon, which transferred to the West End from London’s Hampstead Theatre, was crowned best new musical.
Stars John Dagleish and George Maguire – who play The Kinks brothers Ray and Dave Davies – were awarded best actor and best supporting actor in the musical category.
Ray Davies received a special outstanding achievement award for the Sunny Afternoon score.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment