PHOTOS: Stars in their black-tie finery collecting #ESTheatreAwards

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To say the Evening Standard Theatre Awards is a star-studded affair is an understatement. The trophy collectors alone are a roll call of fame: Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Billie Piper, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, John Malkovich, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Not to mention the guest performers (Amber Riley, anyone?), presenters, hosts and other guests. Here’s a selection of picture highlights from the evening.

Best Play(s) winner

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 won the prize for Best Play. Fittingly, the award was presented by Maggie Smith, who played Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films. Playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and actor Noma Dumezweni, who stars onstage as the adult Hermione, collected the award. Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is out of the country and was unable to attend but had Noma read out a letter on her behalf.

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Jack Thorne

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Noma Dumezweni and Maggie Smith

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Noma Dumezweni

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Jack Thorne, Noma Dumezweni and John Tiffany

Jesus Christ Superstar wins two awards

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar received the Audience Award for Best Musical, as voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 2. He and Open Air artistic director Timothy Sheader collected the statue from Joan Collins and Elizabeth Hurley. Tyrone Huntley, who played Judas in the production last summer, collected the Emerging Talent prize. The production will return to Regent’s Park for 41 performances only next summer.

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Joan Collins, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elizabeth Hurley

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Timothy Sheader and Andrew Lloyd Webber accepting the Best Musical award from Joan Collins and Elizabeth Hurley

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Tyrone Huntley

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Emerging Talent winner Tyrone Huntley

Best Actress winner

Billie Piper was a popular winner for Best Actress for her title performance in Yerma at the Young Vic Theatre. She collected the award from James McAvoy.

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James McAvoy and Billie Piper

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Billie Piper

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Billie Piper

Best Actor winner

Ralph Fiennes was awarded Best Actor for two performances: in The Master Builder at the Old Vic and Richard III at the Almeida Theatre. His former English Patient screen co-star Kristin Scott Thomas was on hand to congratulate him.

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Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas

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Ralph Fiennes

Best Musical Performance winner

Another reason for Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate: Glenn Close collected the Best Musical Performance for performance as Norma Desmond in the revival of his Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum. She’ll reprise the performance on Broadway in the new year.

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Glenn Close

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Glenn Close and Elton John

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Glenn Close

Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen at play

Before returning to the stage with their director Sean Mathias to collect Best Revival for No Man’s Land, currently running at Wyndham’s Theatre, co-stars Ian McKellen (in full fairy garb) and Patrick Stewart had some pantomime-style, ‘he’s behind you’ fun onstage at the Old Vic.

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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Amber Riley performs

Amber Riley gave a sneak-peek of her performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls, with a belting performance of “And I am Telling You I’m not Going” from the show, which opens next month at the West End’s Savoy Theatre.

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Amber Riley

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Amber Riley

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Amber Riley

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