THEATRE veteran Reg Livermore has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sydney Theatre Awards last night, recognising his career in theatre for nearly 60 years.

Livermore, who has spent the last few years with his partner Rob McMicking in Bowral, has taken on roles spanning from one man shows to blockbuster musicals including Wicked and The Producers.

In a 2004 ABC interview with George Negus, Livermore said that his history of being in gay relationships “hasn’t been an issue”, and that he “wasn’t hiding anything”.

Livermore was among 33 award recipients at the ceremony last night, held at Paddington RSL with over 340 people attending.

This year marked the 10th annual celebration for the Sydney Theatre Awards, judged by an invitation-only group of Sydney theatre reviewers from various publications.

Other winners last night included gay rights advocate Toby Francis, who took Best Cabaret Production for Love and Death and an American Guitar.

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