Olivier Award Wins for Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre
The 39th Laurence Olivier Awards Take Place at the Royal Opera House
The 39th Laurence Olivier Awards have been announced and it sees big wins for shows such as Sunny Afternoon and A View From The Bridge in the West End, with performers such as John Dagleish and Mark Strong picking up accolades at the 12th April ceremony at the Royal Opera House.
Sunny Afternoon picked up awards in categories such as Best Actor In A Musical (John Dagleish), Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical (George Maguire), Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement In Music (Ray Davis).
Sunny Afternoon is one of the most recent jukebox musicals honouring a specific band to open in the West End in recent years. Whereas Mamma Mia! and the former show We Will Rock You celebrate Abba and Queen respectively, Sunny Afternoon turns its attentions on The Kinks.
The show is biographical, with audiences sent back to the 1960s as The Kinks emerged during a time of great change around the world, releasing well known hit songs that would be celebrated for decades to come.
A View From The Bridge, meanwhile, won in the categories of Best Actor (Mark Strong), Best Director (Ivo Van Hove) and Best Revival. The show completed its run at the Wyndham’s Theatre the day before Sunday’s ceremony on 11th April 2015 and saw Mark Strong performing under Arthur Miller’s classic script.
The story focuses on Strong’s character of Edi Carbone, who faces a moral dilemma when his Sicilian family visits him in Brooklyn as the freedoms he celebrates could blow up in his face when a cousin falls for his niece.
Other winners during the course of the evening included Taken At Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre, King Charles II at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre and Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, among others.
One of the biggest dates on the West End calendar, the annual Laurence Olivier Awards champion London theatre and stand up alongside the Tony Awards in celebrating the latest shows. The full list of winners can be found on the official website.