sunny afternoonVeteran actress Angela Lansbury is a multi-Tony Award winner, but only just picked up her first Olivier. British theater’s most prestigious prizes were handed out tonight in London with Lansbury winning for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. The play marked her return to the London stage after an absence of nearly 40 years. Upon accepting the award, Lansbury 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.”

The evening had other firsts, including a win for Ray Davies, who won Outstanding Achievement in Music for Sunny Afternoon, the biographical tuner about his classic band, The Kinks. Sunny Afternoon had a sunny evening, scoring the most wins overall, including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (John Dagleish) and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (George Maguire).

a view from the bridgeThe Young Vic’s A View From The Bridge was crowned Best Revival, and earned the Best Actor trophy for Mark Strong, and the Best Director nod for Ivo Van Hove.

Downton Abbey‘s Penelope Wilton was crowned Best Actress for her performance in Taken At Midnight — in a category that included Gillian Anderson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Imelda Staunton.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical earned Katie Brayben and Lorna Want the awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Memphis The Musical had led the nominations going in and ultimately scored two prizes: Choreography and Sound Design.

The show’s finale featured Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight performing a surprise rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel chestnut Bridge Over Troubled Water. Spacey received a special award in recognition of his tenure as Artistic Director at The Old Vic Theatre and his contribution to the London stage. He has spent 10 years at the helm and is stepping down. Matthew Warchus takes up the reins this fall.

Here’s the full list of winners:

BEST REVIVAL
A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & 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

WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR 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 ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
La Soirée at La Soirée Spiegeltent

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
Es Devlin for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre

VIRGIN ATLANTIC BEST NEW PLAY
King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre

BEST ACTOR
Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

BEST ACTRESS
Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

THIS MORNING AUDIENCE AWARD
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

BEST NEW COMEDY
The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Sergio Trujillo for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR
Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre

AUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Katie Brayben for Beautiful –The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL
Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre