Sheridan Smith and Rupert Everett shine at theatre awards

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Sheridan Smith has won the best actress in a play prize at Sunday's Whatsonstage.com awards for her role as Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic.

Rupert Everett took the honours for best actor in a play for his role as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss.

The awards, voted for by theatre audiences, were announced at a ceremony at London's Palace Theatre.

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton won the best actor and best actress in a musical prizes for their respective roles as the demonic barber and the pie-making Mrs Lovett.

Among the other winners on the night were Danny Boyle's Olympics Opening Ceremony, which was named theatre event of the year.

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