Last night (Sunday 3 April 2016) the 2016 Olivier Awards were held at the Royal Opera House hosted by Michael Ball.
The ceremony featured performances by Cyndi Lauper, Michael Feinstein, Joe Stilgoe and Jack Savoretti. For the finale, the awards welcomed back 15 past Olivier Award winners including Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall and Jill Halfpenny who performed What I Did For Love from A Chorus Line - winner of Best New Musical at the 1976 awards.
There were also special performances from all the nominated productions in both the Best New Musical and Best Musical Revival categories. The ceremony was opened by Imelda Staunton who performed Everything's Coming Up Roses from Gypsy. Staunton went on to win Best Actress in a Musical.
Dame Judi Dench received a record eighth Olivier Award for her portrayal of Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of The Winter's Tale at the Garrick Theatre. She has now won more Olivier Awards for acting than any other performer.
Chichester Festival Theatre's West End transfer of Gypsy was the big winner on the night. In addition to the Best Actress in a Musical win, the show collected Best Musical Revival, Best Lighting Design and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Lara Pulver. In total the production won four prizes, the most for a single production.
The National Theatre's productions picking up four Olivier Awards. Denise Gough won Best Actress for her performance in People, Places And Things; Best Sound Design went to Tom Gibbons; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was named Best Revival and Mark Gatiss won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Three Days In The Country.
The award for Best Actor went to Kenneth Cranham for his performance in Theatre Royal Bath's West End transfer of The Father, which was written by Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton.
Kinky Boots took home three prizes with Matt Henry collecting Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Lola and Gregg Barnes winning Best Costume Design. The musical went on to win Best New Musical.
In The Heights won three Olivier Awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won Outstanding Achievement in Music. Drew McOnie was named Best Theatre Choreographer and David Bedella collected Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
The full ceremony will be broadcast on ITV3 on Monday 4th April at 23:00.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton
Best Entertainment and Family
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre
Best Costume Design
Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Best Set Design
Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre
Best Lighting Design
Mark Henderson for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best Sound Design
Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
Best New Opera Production
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Dame Judi Dench for The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre
Best New Play
Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre
Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham's Theatre
Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
The Phantom Of The Opera
Best New Comedy
Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
Best New Dance Production
Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Music
In The Heights - Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Orchestrated and Arranged by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman at King's Cross Theatre
Best Theatre Choreographer
Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King's Cross Theatre
Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
David Bedella for In The Heights at King's Cross Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best Musical Revival
Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best Actor in a Musical
Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical
Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best New Musical
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre