The 62nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards was co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Evgeny Lebedev and presented by comedian Rob Brydon. Held at the Old Vic Theatre, the evening began with a sensational performance of ‘‘A Circle of Life’ by Sir Elton John’.This year’s ceremony had the royal seal of approval as His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge presented ‘Beyond Theatre Award,’ to Sir David Attenborough for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting. Raised decking was built within dress circle over where the first floor seating would usually be so that 350 VIP guests could enjoy a decedent three course dinner. A colourful stage design was created as the backdrop for the 13 awards presented. A further 100 drama student guests joined the theatre for the awards ceremony after dinner.