All the pictures from the red carpet at this year's Olivier Awards
After the glamour and excitement of the BAFTAS, The Golden Globes and of course The Academy Awards so far this year, last night saw the stars of the stage take their turn in the spotlight at the 2016 Olivier Awards.
Last night, stage veterans and newcomers took to the red carpet at London’s Royal Opera House for the biggest night in theatre. Category favourites including Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton lost out on the top prizes, but the night’s biggest talking point was Dame Judi Dench’s record-breaking eighth win for her supporting role in The Winter’s Tale.
The 81-year-old joked that she was “livid” because she had lost a bet with her grandson.
“I’m rather overcome. I didn’t expect it… it feels terrific,” said Judi. “Everybody says what a wonderful time they have doing something. I can truly say that in the Winter’s Tale it was an absolutely memorable family.”
The musical Gypsy won the most awards for a single production, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival.
Read the 2016 Olivier Award winner’s list below:
Best Actor: Kenneth Cranham – The Father, Wyndham’s Theatre
Best Actress: Denise Gough – People, Places and Things, National Theatre, Dorfman
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Gartiss – Three Days in the Country, National Theatre, Lyttelton
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Judi Dench – The Winter’s Tale, Garrick Theatre
Best Director: Robert Icke – Oresteia, Almeida Theatre
Best Revival: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – National Theatre, Lyttelton
Best New Comedy: Nell Gwynn – Apollo Theatre
Best Actor in a Musical: Matt Henry – Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical: Imelda Staunton – Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: David Bedella – In The Heights, King’s Cross Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Lara Pulver – Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
Best Musical Revival: Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
MasterCard Best New Musical: Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
Read on to see the best dresses, the sharpest suits and the trends setting the fashion world alight…
Imelda Staunton received her Best Actress in a Musical award in a metallic floor-length gown with on-trend cut out shoulders.
Whilst being interviewed on the red carpet, Zoe Wanamaker was unexpectedly video-bombed by friend Judi Dench, who interrupted Zoe saying: “Don’t believe a word she says”.
The ageless Shirley Bassey kept things simple in a sleeved black dress with embellished shoulders.
Denise Gough scooped Best Actress in a head-turning grecian gown in orange.
Despite gracing the red carpet in his lucky fedora, The Oscar-winning actor lost out on the prize for Best Actor.
Kenneth Branagh and BAFTA winner James Norton show off their dapper suits at the Royal Opera House.
Metallics were a popular choice on the red carpet, as demonstrated by the legendary stage actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Presenter Arlene Phillips opts for failsafe fashion, matching her simple yet stylish embellished dress with statement drop earrings.
Taking cues from this season’s sheer panelling trend, actress Lesley Manville looked incredible on last night’s red carpet.
The Game of Thrones hunk swapped the chainmail for a tailored tuxedo.
Cyndi Lauper gave a guest performance at the ceremony and was the third female composer to win Best New Musical for Kinky Boots.
The Nell Gwynn actress swapped last year’s black plunge neck for a more covered-up gown in a berry hue.