Winners of the 2011 Olivier Awards Announced

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"Legally Blonde—The Musical" was the big winner as the prizes for the 35th Laurence Olivier Awards were given last night in London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

The National Theatre dominated with a combined seven wins for two of its productions, "After the Dance" and "The White Guard." "Legally Blonde " topped the musical awards, taking best supporting actress for Jill Halfpenny, best actress for Sheridan Smith, and best new musical. "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," had the most nominations with seven, but won no awards.

The Society of London Theatre's special award was given to American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The evening ended with a tribute to Sondheim with Adrian Lester, Angela Lansbury, and 360 students from British drama schools performing "Our Time."

Last night was the first time the ceremony was broadcast live on both television and radio. The winners of the 2011 Olivier Awards are:

SOCIETY OF LONDON THEATRE SPECIAL AWARD
Stephen Sondheim

BEST ACTRESS
Nancy Carroll, "After the Dance"

BEST ACTOR
Roger Allam, "Henry IV Parts 1 & 2"

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michelle Terry, "Tribes"

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Adrian Scarborough, "After the Dance"

BEST NEW PLAY
"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
"Into the Woods"

BEST NEW MUSICAL
"Legally Blonde—The Musical"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sheridan Smith, "Legally Blonde—The Musical"

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
David Thaxton for "Passion"

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Jill Halfpenny, "Legally Blonde—The Musical"

BEST DIRECTOR
Howard Davies, "The White Guard"

BEST REVIVAL
"After the Dance" directed by Thea Sharrock

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Leon Baugh, "Sucker Punch"

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
"The White Guard" designed by Neil Austin

BEST SET DESIGN
"The White Guard" designed by Bunny Christie

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"After the Dance" designed by Hildegard Bechtler

BEST SOUND DESIGN
"King Lear" designed by Adam Cork

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
"Babel (Words)" by Eastman vzw and Royal Opera House La Monnaie, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Antony Gormley for his set design of "Babel (Words)" by Eastman vzw and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie