Gillian Anderson celebrated winning the best actress award at the Evening Standard theatre awards for her performance in the Young Vic's A Streetcar Named Desire .
Anderson saw off competition for the Natasha Richardson Award from the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas and Billie Piper.
Tom Hiddleston won Best Actor for his performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse against competition from Ben Miles and Mark Strong.
Jeremy Herrin was awarded the Milton Shulman Award for best director for his productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
The award for best play went to The James Plays , Skylight won revival of the year, The Scottsboro Boys won best musical and best design went to Es Devlin.
Actress Laura Jane Matthewson won the emerging talent award for her performance in Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse.
Among the guests at the event at the London Palladium were David and Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Benedict Cumberbatch with fiancee Sophie Hunter, Sir Ian McKellen and Sienna Miller.
The awards, now in their 60th year, were co-hosted by Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev, Burberry chief executive Christopher Bailey and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The ceremony was presented by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Beth Steel won the Charles Wintour Award for most promising playwright.
Four special awards were also presented during the gala evening. These were: the Lebedev Award to Sir Tom Stoppard; the Editor's Award which went to Kate Bush; Beyond Theatre: Here Lies Love - for pushing the boundaries of the musical and the revival of the year award to Skylight.
The London Evening Standard Theatre Award 2014 Winners:
Best Actor: Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse)
Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress: Gillian Anderson (A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic)
NOOK Award for Best Play: The James Plays (Rona Munro, Edinburgh Festival Theatre & National Theatre's Olivier)
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical: The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic & Garrick)
Milton Shulman Award for Best Director: Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies, RSC Swan & Aldwych)
Emerging Talent Award in Partnership with Burberry: Laura Jane Matthewson (Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse)
Best Design in Partnership with Heal's: Es Devlin (American Psycho, Almeida)
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright: Beth Steel (Wonderland, Hampstead)
Four special awards were also presented during the gala evening at the London Palladium. These were:
Lebedev Award: Tom Stoppard (The greatest living playwright)
Editor's Award: Kate Bush for Before the Dawn (A new high in music performance)
Beyond Theatre: Here Lies Love (For pushing the boundaries of the musical)
Revival of the Year: Skylight