The awards, which are voted for by the public, celebrate the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country.
Dreamgirls took three awards: Best New Production of a Musical, Best Actress for Amber Riley and Best Supporting Actress in a New Production of a Musical (Ibinabo Jack). The show has already won five 2017 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards Amber Riley won Best Musical Performance.
Best Direction of a New Production of a Play goes to Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre. Critics have given The Ferryman five stars, with the Guardian describing how “magic runs through the evening”.
One of the other most highly praised plays of the year was Hamlet at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with Andrew Scott in the title role for which he was awarded Best Actor. Following the premiere in June, the Telegraph called him “a sweet prince indeed”, while the Financial Times describing Scott as “outstanding”.
Theatregoers will be sad to see An American in Paris close in January, but they have responded by voting it top in two awards: Best Direction of a New Production of a Musical (Christopher Wheeldon) and Best Lighting Design of a New Production of a Play or Musical (Natasha Katz).
The last awards go to both a new production and a more established one: Best Costume Design of a New Production of a Play or Musical was awarded to Vicki Mortimer for Follies at the National Theatre and Best Acting Ensemble in a New Production of a Play or Musical went to School of Rock at the New London Theatre.