In Pictures: 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard

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The biggest celebration of the London theatre year, the Olivier Awards with MasterCard, raised the Royal Opera House roof on 15 April.

From the stunning opening performance which saw Brian May join the cast of We Will Rock You to celebrate the show’s 10th birthday until The Lion King brought proceedings to a spectacular close, audiences inside the famous theatre, in the Covent Garden Piazza and across the world were entertained with an incredible evening of song, dance and, of course, award-giving.

Photographer Alastair Muir was on hand to capture the magic.

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  • Jonny Lee Miller collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Ruth Wilson collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actress (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • We Will Rock You performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Will Young at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Edward Watson collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • William Village and Tim Sheader collect the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Shrek The Musical performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Patrick Stewart at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • South Pacific performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Sir Tim Rice collects the 2012 Special Award (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Singin' In The Rain performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Sharon D Clarke performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Sarah Lancashire performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • The Matildas collect the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly collect the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Musical (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Peter McKintosh collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Costume Design (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Matilda the Musical performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Monica Mason and Zoe Wanamaker at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Harry Lloyd and Jodie Whittaker at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • The Lion King performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Rory Kinnear at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Ronan Keating and Kimberley Walsh at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • John Hodge collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Play (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Vittorio Grigolo at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Sophie Evans performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Elaine Paige performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Jonathan Edwards and Katherine Kelly at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Jack Davenport at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Peter Darling collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Dan Stevens at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Crazy For You performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Tom Chambers and Kara Tointon at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Bertie Carvel collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Jim Carter and Barbara Windsor at the 2012 Olivier Award with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Derren Brown and Polly Findlay collect the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Familyl (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • John Berry collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Opera (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton present the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard(photo: Alastair Muir)
  • The Royal Ballet performs at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Simon Baker collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Sound Design (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • Rob Ashford collects the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Revival (photo: Alastair Muir)
  • The 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate theatre is presented (photo: Alastair Muir)