Kevin Spacey, the actor most in the spotlight these days for his wicked performance in "House of Cards," will be singled out at the 2015 Olivier Awards ceremony April 12 at London's Royal Opera House.
Spacey is set to receive an award for his "extraordinary contribution to the Old Vic and to British theatre." The actor, who steps down in the fall as artistic director of the Old Vic, has been praised for greatly enhacing that company since starting on the job in 2004. Next week, Spacey begins a six-run in David W Rintels' one-man play "Clarence Darrow" at the Old Vic.
The annual Olivier Awards, named for famed actor Laurence Olivier and presented by the Society of London Theatre, are considered among the most prestigious honors for the performing arts in Britain; in addition to theater, opera and dance awards are included.