The Society of London Theatre, which celebrates its centenary this year, has honoured Andrew Lloyd Webber, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the West End, at the 32nd annual Laurence Olivier Awards.

Sir David Frost presented him with the Society’s Special Award “for his remarkable achievements over the last few decades as well as his recent role in bringing theatre to new audiences the world over”.

On accepting the award Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “If I have been one small part of this, then that’s enough for me”.

This is his seventh Laurence Olivier Award, widely regarded as the most prestigious in London theatre. It coincides with his 60th birthday, which falls on March 22.

The Society of London Theatre was founded in 1908 by Sir Charles Wyndham. It represents the producers, theatre owners and managers of the major commercial and grant-aided theatres in London’s West End.

_Image shows Andrew at the Oliviers with Lee Mead, Connie Fisher and Elena Roger. C. Getty Images._

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