Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard

Michael Ball Olivier Awards red carpet (Photo: Rex Features)

The Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard returned to the stunning surroundings of Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House on Sunday 3 April for an incredible evening of celebration, award-giving and unbelievable live performances hosted by musical theatre legend Michael Ball.

With UK theatre’s most prestigious awards celebrating its 40th anniversary, the illustrious event was one of the most spectacular in the history of the West End.

The evening brought together a host of theatre luminaries, entertainment icons and celebrated guests to celebrate and applaud those actors, designers, directors and productions that have stood out over the past year. Among the guests who attended were Shirley Bassey, Rob Brydon, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jim Carter, Adam Cooper, Noma Dumezweni, Alfred Enoch, Luke Evans, David Gandy, Emma Hatton, Lenny Henry, Eddie Izzard, Beverley Knight, James Norton, Savannah Stevenson, Kiri Te Kanawa and Luke Treadaway.

Gypsy led the the way, winning four awards including Best Musical Revival, with Kinky Boots and In The Heights collecting three wins each. A win in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for Judi Dench saw the theatre icon become the individual to win more Olivier Awards than any other. She now has eight statuettes to her name.

All of the shows nominated for the Best Musical Revival and MasterCard Best New Musical Awards - Gypsy, Bugsy Malone, Guys And Dolls, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Bend It Like Beckham, In The Heights, Kinky Boots and Mrs Henderson Presents - performed. There were also special performances from Cyndi Lauper, Jack Savoretti and a collaboration between Michael Feinstein, Joe Stilgoe, Daniel Evans, Sharon D Clarke, Leigh Zimmerman and Ball.

Once again the Olivier Awards with MasterCard returned to Covent Garden, taking the party to the Piazza where events included performances from all of the Magic Radio Audience Award shortlisted shows - Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical and The Phantom Of The Opera - performances from American Idiot, Breakin’ Convention Hip Hop Dance Festival, West End Blend Choir and Kerry Ellis and a live screening of events taking place inside the Royal Opera House. Musical theatre stars Carrie Hope Fletcher and Daniel Boys hosted.

In addition to the public celebration in Covent Garden Piazza, and inside the Royal Opera House, 2016 offered even more ways to watch and listen to the ceremony.

ITV returned, offering theatre fans a chance to watch extended highlights of proceedings on the evening of 3 April on ITV1 at 22:15 or watch the ceremony on full on 4 April on ITV3 at 23:00. Both broadcasts are available on the ITV Hub for the following 30 days.

Fans could also listen to the event live as it is broadcast on Mellow Magic, the new station from Magic Radio, which will also air an exciting series looking back at 40 years of the Oliviers in the run-up to the event.

In another exciting new partnership for 2016, the Olivier Awards with MasterCard teamed up with YouTube. The new Olivier Awards YouTube channel screened live coverage of the performances in Covent Garden Piazza on the afternoon of 3 April and the ceremony in full for international audiences at 22:00 (BST) the same night.