This year’s Oliviers ceremony was hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, and included a Special Award presentation to Stephen Sondheim. In addition to nominees and winners, guest presenters included: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anne-Marie Duff, Elisabeth Moss, Rupert Everett, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Holden, Jonny Lee Miller, Elaine Page, Danielle Hope, Rachel Tucker, Tamara Rojo, Patrick Stewart, Matthew Fox, Olivia Williams and Alfie Boe.
Last night's ceremony was attended by nominees Roger Allam, Derek Jacobi, Antony Gormley, Gina McKee, Rachael Stirling, Tamsin Grieg, Sophie Thompson, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Nancy Carroll, Tracie Bennett, Sahr Ngaujah, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Simon McBurney, Michelle Terry, Alex Gaumond, Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman, Jill Halfpenny, Sheridan Smith, Michael Xavier, Emma Williams, Ramin Karimloo, Sarah Goldberg, Elena Roger, Josefina Gabrielle, Summer Strallen, Sierra Boggess, David Thaxton, Hilton McRae, James Laurenson, Lee Ross, Adrian Scarborough and the cast of Blasted.
For a full list of winners at the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards read our full list story here.
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.
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