The winners of the 40th Olivier Awards were announced at a star-studded event last night in Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House, in the heart of theatre land.

Olivier Awards Winners 2016

The Big Winners

The biggest sweep of the night was for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre, with four wins:
Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Best Musical Revival and Best Lighting Design.

In The Heights also took home a trio:
Best Theatre Choreographer, Outstanding Achievement in Music and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical and 

Kinky Boots also won 3 Olivier Awards:
Best Costume Design, Best Actor in a Musical and MasterCard Best New Musical.

Everyone’s favourite, Judi Dench, took home her 8th Olivier Award last night – beating her very own record!

Best Revival

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at National Theatre

Best New Comedy

Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

Mark Henderon for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Sound Design

Tom Gibbons for People, Places and Things at the National Theatre

Best Costume Design

Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design

Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at the Royal Court and Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Gatiss for Three Days in the Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Best New Opera Production

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

English National Opera chorus and orchestra for The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtensk and The Queen of Spades at London Coliseum

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre, Downstairs at the Royal Court and Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Actor

Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre

Best Actress

Denise Gough for People, Places and Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best New Dance Production

Woolf Works at Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Alessandra Ferri for Cheri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House

Best Entertainment and Family

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer

Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Director

Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music

In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Laura Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Musical Revival

Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical

Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical

Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

MasterCard Best New Musical

Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Magic Radio Audience Award

Phantom of the Opera