Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Pixie Lott, Gemma Arterton and James McAvoy have walked down the red carpet for tonight’s Olivier Awards.

The event – the biggest bash in theatreland – attracted stars and fans to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Central London.

It opened with a performance from the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical before host Lenny Henry welcomed the audience.

The first award – for best revival – was presented by Russell Tovey and Anne-Marie Duff to A View From The Bridge, before The Play That Goes Wrong was named best comedy.

The award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre went to Ben Monks, while Howard Harrison won the Olivier for lighting design for his work on City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse.

The gong for sound design was given to Gareth Owen for Memphis The Musical before a performance by the cast of Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon.

Costume designer Christopher Oram won next for his work on the stage versions of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

Es Devlin, who is currently designing the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, won the award for set design for her work on Nether.

The best actor in a supporting role award was presented by Sherlock duo Mark Gatiss and Amanda Abbington and went to Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies actor Nathaniel Parker who plays King Henry VIII.

Angela Lansbury was named best supporting actress for her performance in Blithe Spirit which saw her return to the West End after decades away.

Accepting the award, the 89-year-old said: “I simply can’t believe it.”

The actress, who was given a standing ovation, said: “I can’t remember a lot of things these days but I can remember my lines.”

She told the audience that theatre was “life and I’m glad that I’m still in it” and thanked them, saying: “Here I am creeping up to 90 and I feel a million dollars.”

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