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
Nancy Carroll, "After the Dance"
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"
Howard Davies, "The White Guard"
"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