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In pictures: Covent Garden Piazza

First Published 1 May 2013, Last Updated 6 August 2014

While London theatre’s most coveted accolades were being handed out on stage at the Royal Opera House, around the corner thousands of theatre-loving fans gathered in Covent Garden Piazza to watch a live relay of the Olivier Awards with MasterCard and enjoy live performances from some of the capital’s hottest shows.

Our photographer Pamela Raith was there to capture the excitement.


Co-hosts Claudia Winkleman and Michael Xavier

Potted Potter’s Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner performing on the Covent Garden stage

Gina Beck and Louise Dearman from Wicked

Wicked’s Louise Dearman preparing to go on stage

The Covent Garden crowds

The West End Gospel Choir

The Covent Garden crowds

Some Like It Hip Hop

Some Like It Hip Hop performing on the Covent Garden stage

Co-hosts Michael Xavier and Claudia Winkleman

Sofia Escobar from The Phantom Of The Opera performing on the Covent Garden stage

Sofia Escobar from The Phantom Of The Opera

Co-host Michael Xavier

Co-host Michael Xavier

The Covent Garden crowds

The Matildas

The Matildas with co-host Michael Xavier

The Matildas performing on the Covent Garden stage

Co-host Claudia Winkleman

Matilda The Musical’s David Leonard and Billy Elliot The Musical’s Deka Walmsley

The Covent Garden Piazza

Olivier Awards co-host Sheridan Smith taking a break from the Royal Opera House to join the Covent Garden crowds

Olivier Award statuette

Covent Garden co-host Michael Xavier with ceremony co-host Sheridan Smith

Billy Elliot The Musical’s Gillian Bevan and Deka Walmsley after winning the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award

The Matildas watching Billy Elliot The Musical’s Tade Biesinger on screen

Billy Elliot The Musical’s Deka Walmsley, Tade Biesinger and Gillian Bevan with their Olivier Award

Burn The Floor performing on the Covent Garden stage

Burn The Floor performing on the Covent Garden stage

Loserville’s James Bourne preparing to take to the Covent Garden stage

James Bourne performing on the Covent Garden stage

Tade Biesinger from Billy Elliot The Musical

Tade Biesinger performing on the Covent Garden stage


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