The winners of the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, the 37th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, were announced tonight (28 April 2013) at a glamorous ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House in front of a packed audience of illustrious guests including award presenters Kim Cattrall, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Lara Pulver and Daniel Radcliffe.

Marianela Nunez collects her Olivier Award 2013

Marianela Nunez collects her Olivier Award 2013

Two-time Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith, hosted the Awards with Hugh Bonneville, and opened the show with a dazzling performance of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend choreographed by Arlene Phillips.  There were also exclusive performances from international musical theatre stars Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel and Petula Clark, and unique entertainment from Tim Minchin, Michael Ball, and a Cats musical tribute to Special Award winner Gillian Lynne.

The publicly voted BBC Radio 2 Audience Award was presented to Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace theatre, a musical which has been shortlisted in the category for the last three years and now scoops the award.

Best New Dance Production was won by The Royal Ballet for Aeternum at the Royal Opera House, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with Outstanding Achievement in Dance presented to Argentinian principal dancer Marianela Nuñez for Aeternum, Diana and Actaeon and Viscera, also at the Royal Opera House.

This year’s Special Award winners were choreographer and director Gillian Lynne, and playwright Michael Frayn, whose respective shows Cats and Noises Off are currently touring nationally.

The evening’s show also included a live link to a free public Olivier Awards celebration on the BBC Radio 2 stage in Covent Garden Piazza where hundreds of theatre-lovers enjoyed West End performances and a live big screen relay of the ceremony. The Covent Garden event was hosted by Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman and West End leading man Michael Xavier.

The Awards were broadcast live to the public on BBC Radio 2, with extensive highlights broadcast shortly afterwards on ITV television from 10.15-11.50pm and then available on ITV Player.

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