Olivier Awards with MasterCard

Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard

Lenny Henry on the Olivier Awards red carpet (Photo: Helen Maybanks) (Olivier site))

The Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard took place on Sunday 12 April, as the illustrious event once again returned to the stunning surroundings of Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House for an incredible evening of celebration, award-giving and unbelievable live performances. This year comedian, presenter and acclaimed, award-winning actor Lenny Henry hosted.

2015's incredible line-up of winners included Mark Strong, Penelope Wilton, and Angela Lansbury, director Ivo Van Hove and musical legend Ray Davies.

Guests on the night included award presenters Judi Dench, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dianna Agron, Anne-Marie Duff, Emilia Fox, David Harewood and Lorna Luft, who were treated to an incredible array of performances from some of this year’s nominated shows including all the MasterCard Best New Musical and Magic Radio Best Musical Revival nominees.

Beverley Knight and Katie Brayben performed numbers from Memphis The Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical respectively, Cats’ Nicole Scherzinger wowed singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic track Memory, while Here Lies Love’s Natalie Mendoza performed alongside the show's composer David Byrne and there was an incredible surprise finale sung by Kevin Spacey and Knight.

In Covent Garden Piazza, double Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier and ITV This Morning's Alison Hammond hosted a fantastic evening of entertainment on the ITV stage. This Morning Audience Award nominees Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical and Wicked performed alongside Avenue Q, Beyond Bollywood, Sadler's Wells' Breakin’ Convention and the West End Gospel Choir. The ITV Stage once again featured a live stream of the ceremony, making it the only place theatre fans outside the Royal Opera House could watch live.

This year the awards partnered with ITV’s This Morning to present the only award voted for by the general public, the This Morning Audience Award. Wicked triumphed to take home the accolade.

This year’s radio partner was the hugely popular Magic FM and, building on last year’s collaboration, ITV continued as the awards' television partner enabling theatre fans to tune into the very best moments from the ceremony shortly after proceedings come to a close with a highlights programme on the channel at 22:15, or catch up on ITV Player.