The stars of the theatre gathered at the Royal Opera House on Sunday night to celebrate and honour their peers at the annual Olivier Awards.
Dame Judi Dench took home
her incredible eighth award from the ceremony for her supporting role in The Winter's Tale, whilst Imelda Staunton won everyone over in her role in Gypsy, winning the award for best actress in a musical. However, despite the action going on inside the ceremony, the real event was on the red carpet where every star stepped out of their costumes and into some spectacular outfits for the occasion. 1 of 19 Laura Carmichael. Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton star together in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios but took the night off to celebrate. Getty Laura Carmichael. Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton star together in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios but took the night off to celebrate. Getty Lily Frazer brightened up the evening in a yellow gown by Bao Ta London. Getty Kinky Boots choreographer Jerry Mitchell stood out in a fantastic floral brocade suit jacket. Getty Bend It Like Beckham star Preeya Kalidas wowed in a flowing Amanda Wakeley gown. Getty Uzo Aduba swapped her Orange is the new Black jumpsuit for an elegant red carpet matching one shoulder gown and black orb bag. Getty Zawe Ashton looked incredible, teaming up Stella McCartney Resort '16 smock top and skirt with Paula Cademartori clutch and a bold red lip. Getty Actor Luke Treadaway looked dapper in a silk tuxedo Getty Actress Ava West smouldered in structured blue silk gown. Getty Theatre director and writer and playwright, Jessica Swale, who won the award for best new comedy for Nell Gwynn, looked beautiful in her black satin gown with metallic detailing. Getty Denise Gough, winner of the Best Actress Award for People, Places and Things, opted for a vibrant halterneck gown. Getty Actress Catherine Steadman looked fantastic in black Amanda Wakeley gown and Asprey jewels. Getty Matt Henry took home the award for best best actor in a musical for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre in a playful polka dot suit. Getty Gemma Arterton looked incredible in her form-fitting, sequinned Jenny Packham gown. Getty Rose Leslie was the epitome of elegance in a embellished strapless gown posing with her Game of Thrones star boyfriend Kit Harrington. Getty Dame Judi Dench was a winner on and off the red carpet in a golden draped design before she went on to win her eighth Olivier award. Getty Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael was a floral success in a beautiful Erdem design. Carmichael is currently starring in The Maids. Getty Lara Pulver was a perfect contrast for the red carpet in striking emerald gown, going on to win the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role In a Musical for Gypsy. Getty Juliet Stevenson's Amanda Wakely jumpsuit was both elegant and daring with sheer lace panelling down either side. Getty Award winner Imelda Staunton was a shimmering success in a metallic capped sleeve gown. Getty