The winners were announced tonight (8 March 2009) of the 33rd annual Laurence Olivier Awards, one of biggest and most star-studded dates in the theatrical calendar, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane (See Today' Other News)

Our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand to capture the arrivals at the ceremony – (see also our Press Room Photos). Nominees, guest presenters and VIPS attending this year's event included Lindsay Duncan, Penelope Wilton, Brian May, Anita Dobson, Michael Gambon, Patrick Stewart, Derek Jacobi, Deanna Dunagan, David Bradley, Elena Roger, Ruthie Henshall, Denis Lawson, Douglas Hodge, Margaret Tyzack, Michael Grandage, Michael Boyd, Sonia Friedman, Sadie Frost, Imelda Staunton, Ian Lavender, Andrea Corr, Dominic Cooper, Sheridan Smith, David Hare, Pete Postlethwaite, Jason Donovan, Tom Chambers, Gareth Gates, Anton du Beke, Kevin Spacey, Jodie Prenger, Sian Phillips, Gillian Anderson, Rosalind Plowright, David Morrissey and Liza Goddard.

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The Laurence Olivier Awards were created in 1976, then called the Society of West End Theatre Awards, to recognise excellence on the London stage. They were rebranded in 1984 when Lord Olivier agreed to have his name associated with them.

- by Theo Bosanquet