Veteran actor Patrick Stewart has won his third Laurence Olivier award for his stage portrayal of Claudius in Shakespeare's HAMLET.
The X-Men star was handed the Best Performance in a Supporting Role accolade at the 33rd annual theatre prizegiving, honouring London's best stage productions, on Sunday (08Mar09).
Sir Derek Jacobi took home a Best Actor prize for his role of Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with La Cage Aux Folles star Douglas Hodge winning a Best Actor In Musical statuette.
The Best Actress title was given to Margaret Tyzack for her part in The Chalk Garden, while Elena Roger was recognised with the Best Actress In A Musical prize for her portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in Piaf.
Hollywood star Kevin Spacey, the director of London's Old Vic theatre, was also in attendance to present playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn
with the Society of London Theatres Special Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the theatre.