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Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Ben Forster at first Presidential Awards

The awards celebrate fundraisers for the charity Acting for Others

The winners of the inaugural Presidential Awards have been announced at a ceremony.

The awards are held by theatrical charity Acting For Others, and celebrate the most supportive fundraisers of the charity.

Hosted by Phantom of the Opera star Ben Forster, the awards were attended by Maggie Smith, Tamzin Outhwaite and Samantha Bond and the charity's president Judi Dench.

Acting for Others is an umbrella organisation which represents 15 theatrical charities from across the UK, and run the annual West End Bake Off event in London. This year, the charity has raised £380,000.

Full list of winners

Tour De Force Award (for most supportive touring production company)

Bill Kenwright Limited

Silver Service Award (for best service at One Night Only event at The Ivy)

George Layton, Tamzin Outhwaite and Samantha Bond

West End Bake Off Award (for best support at the West End Bake Off 2016).

Christopher Biggins

Top Tweeter Award (for best social media support)

Michael Wharley

Where Would We Be Without You Award (for individual(s) within the industry who help to ensure the bucket collections are successful and actively promote the collections throughout their companies)

Rainier Koeners and Tamsin Newberry (ATG)

Super Hero Award (for an individual(s) nominated by theatre managers and supporters of Acting for Others who has worked above and beyond to support the charity)

Brian Sears and KJ Hippensteel from the cast of The Book of Mormon

The Golden Bucket Award (London) (for most money raised through the bucket collections by a show in London)

The Book of Mormon for raising £42,810.33

The Golden Bucket Award (regional)

Edinburgh Playhouse raising £7,506.93.

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