Stars of stage, screen and television have joined the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge for a Buckingham Palace extravaganza celebrating the nation's dramatic arts.
The Queen welcomed a host of famous names to the London landmark including actors John Hurt, Sir Roger Moore and Joan Collins, and Hollywood celebrities Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen and Ralph Fiennes.
The evening featured a who's who of leading film makers, entertainers and thespians from directors Steve McQueen and Mike Leigh to actors Jane Horrocks, Angela Lansbury, and Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Michael Gambon, and comic Harry Hill.
Film-maker Lord Puttnam, producer Harvey Weinstein and playwrights and screen writers Sir Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn and Sir Ronald Harwood were also among those invited.
And those who work behind the scenes helping to maintain the British film and theatre industry's international reputation were also present.
Guests were treated to a performance in the palace's ballroom featuring emerging talent and some of the country's much loved and well known stars like Dame Helen Mirren.
The night was hosted by the Queen in her capacity as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) - and many stars at tonight's event were trained at the famous London institution.
Soon after comic Lenny Henry was introduced to the Queen he joked to other guests: "This is Helen Mirren - she's brilliant".
Kate joined the Queen just before the performance and wore a red Alexander McQueen dress.
The Queen has served for 60 years as Rada's patron and the institution's director, Edward Kemp said: "It is very generous and far-sighted of our patron to recognise the achievements of those who work in this vital industry, it is not just the worldwide contribution British actors make on stage, and in front of the camera; you will find British technicians and creative specialists working behind the scenes on Hollywood blockbusters and fringe theatre productions."
The Queen and her guests watched the performance in the palace's ballroom and were entertained by songs from the musical Oh! What A Lovely War performed by Rada students.
They were introduced by Hugh Laurie who welcomed the guests to the short performance and acted as a compere.
A scene from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion was staged featuring recent graduate Jessie Buckley as Eliza Doolittle and former Rada student Trevor Eve as Professor Higgins.
Rising star Cynthia Erivo reprised a song from her performance in the musical The Colour Purple and she is about to open in I Can't Sing - The X Factor Musical.
Sir Tom Courtenay delivered a speech from Sir Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser.