Sheridan Smith has won Best Musical Actress for her performance in Legally Blonde: The Musical at tonight’s 35th Olivier Awards in London. The stage version of the MGM comedy also won Best New Musical, while Jill Halfpenny won Best Supporting Musical Performance.

Britain’s state-backed National Theatre swept the board with seven wins across two productions. Thea Sharrock’s production of After the Dance won four awards for Best Revival, Best Actress for Nancy Carroll, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Adrian Scarborough and Best Costume Design. Howard Davies picked up Best Director for his production of The White Guard, which also won Best Lighting and Best Set Design.

Presenters at this year’s show, held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, included Patrick Stewart, Matthew Fox (Lost), Rupert Everett, James Purefoy and Jonny Lee Miller. Those in the audience included Derek Jacobi, Tamsin Grieg and Joan Plowright. Here are the winners:



SOCIETY OF LONDON THEATRE SPECIAL AWARD
Stephen Sondheim

BEST ACTRESS
Nancy Carroll for AFTER THE DANCE
at the Lyttelton

BEST ACTOR
Roger Allam for HENRY IV PARTS 1 & 2
at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michelle Terry for TRIBES
at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Adrian Scarborough for AFTER THE DANCE
at the Lyttelton

BEST NEW PLAY
CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris
at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
INTO THE WOODS
at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

BEST NEW MUSICAL
LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL
book by Heather Hach
music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
at the Savoy

BEST ENTERTAINMENT
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN by E Nesbit, adapted by Mike Kenny
at the Waterloo Station Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sheridan Smith for LEGALLY BLONDE- THE MUSICAL
at the Savoy

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
David Thaxton for PASSION
at the Donmar Warehouse

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Jill Halfpenny for LEGALLY BLONDE- THE MUSICAL
at the Savoy

BEST DIRECTOR
Howard Davies for THE WHITE GUARD
at the Lyttelton

BEST REVIVAL
AFTER THE DANCE directed by Thea Sharrock
at the Lyttelton

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Leon Baugh for SUCKER PUNCH
at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
THE WHITE GUARD designed by Neil Austin
at the Lyttelton

BEST SET DESIGN
THE WHITE GUARD designed by Bunny Christie
at the Lyttelton

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
AFTER THE DANCE designed by Hildegard Bechtler
at the Lyttelton

BEST SOUND DESIGN
KING LEAR designed by Adam Cork
at the Donmar Warehouse

BBC RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR SHOW
WE WILL ROCK YOU

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Lyric Hammersmith for BLASTED

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
OperaUpClose and Soho Theatre’s LA BOHÈME
at the Soho Theatre

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Christian Gerhaher for his performance in TANNHÄUSER
at the Royal Opera House

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Babel (Words) by Eastman vzw and Royal Opera House La Monnaie
at Sadler’s Wells
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
at Sadler’s