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Luke Treadaway wins Olivier Award for Best Actor

Luke Treadaway has won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Treadaway, who said he was "speechless", pipped James McAvoy, Rupert Everett, Rafe Spall and Mark Rylance to the award:

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Helen Mirren wins Olivier Award for Best Actress

Dame Helen Mirren has won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as the Queen in The Audience:

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For her acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth II in @theaudienceplay, Helen Mirren is crowned Best Actress #OLIVIERS

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"The Queen won a BAFTA this year and now she's got an Olivier, I think she's going to be thrilled" Helen Mirren jokes on stage #oliviers

Olivier Awards nominees arrive ahead of ceremony

Dame Helen Mirren and Billie Piper are going head-to-head at tonight's Olivier Awards which recognise some of the biggest stars of the stage.

Dame Helen Mirren arrives at the event.
Dame Helen Mirren is nominated for Best Actress for her performance in The Audience. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Dame Helen is up for Best Actress for her role as the Queen in The Audience, which has garnered five nominations.

Best Actor nominee Rafe Spall, who's up for Constellations, and Elize du Toit.
Best Actor nominee Rafe Spall, who's up for Constellations, and Elize du Toit. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

X-Men star James McAvoy, who has earned rave reviews for his role in Macbeth, goes up against Rafe Spall for Constellations and Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss for the Best Actor award.

Summer Strallen is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Top Hat.
Summer Strallen is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Top Hat. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel about a boy with Asperger's syndrome, leads the way with eight nominations, including Best Actor, New Play and Director.

Stars walk the red carpet at the Olivier Awards

The stars of stage and screen have taken to the red carpet for this evening's Oliver Awards, which will be hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith.

Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy.
Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics for the nominated Matilda The Musical, and his wife Sarah.
Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics for the nominated Matilda The Musical, and his wife Sarah. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Former Pop Idol star Will Young is up for Best Actor In A Musical for his West End debut in Cabaret.
Former Pop Idol star Will Young is up for Best Actor In A Musical for his West End debut in Cabaret. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

James McAvoy up for Best Actor award

James McAvoy
James McAvoy Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

X-Men star James McAvoy, who has earned rave reviews for his role in Macbeth, will go up against Rafe Spall for Constellations and Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss for the Best Actor award at the Olivier Awards tonight.

Twelfth Night's Mark Rylance and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time's Luke Treadaway are also nominated.

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Billie Piper competes for Best Actress award tonight

Billie Piper
Billie Piper Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Billie Piper is competing with Dame Helen Mirren for Best Actress in tonight's Olivier Awards.

The former star of Secret Diary of a Call Girl is nominated for her performance in The Effect, a play depicting the world of pharmaceutical drug trials.

Also nominated in the same category are Kristin Scott Thomas (Old Times) and Hattie Morahan (A Doll's House).

Dame Helen Mirren up for Best Actress

Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dame Helen Mirren and Billie Piper are going head-to-head at tonight's Olivier Awards which recognise some of the biggest theatre stars.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel about a boy with Asperger's syndrome, leads the way with eight nominations, including Best Actor, New Play and Director.

Dame Helen is up for Best Actress for her role as the Queen in The Audience, which has garnered five nominations.

The Book of Mormon smashes West End sales record

Trey Parker (left) and Matt Stone's musical won nine Tony Awards after opening in the United States. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Book Of Mormon, the new musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has set a record for the biggest day of sales in West End and Broadway history.

The award-winning show, about a pair of young Mormon boys sent on a mission a long way from home, had its official opening at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre last Thursday.

The following day, between 10:00am and midnight on Friday, a total of £2,107,972 was taken in ticket sales when an additional 150,000 tickets were made available.

The theatre's owner Cameron Mackintosh said: "The Mormons have truly delivered a heavenly hit!."

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