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An average of four million people tuned in to watch Kara Tointon play Maria in last night's live broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

With a peak of 4.5 million viewers, the show was the most watched programme of the evening with a 17 per cent share of the total viewing audience.

Tointon was joined by a bevy of theatrical stars including Julian Ovenden (Captain Von Trapp), Maria Friedman (Mother Abbess), Evelyn Hoskins (Liesl von Trapp) and our very own WhatsOnStage Awards host Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt.

Following the broadcast the cast took to twitter: