But he is also still writing with a new, as yet untitled play due to open in the autumn.
The Olivier Awards saw the Donmar Warehouse take four awards, including best actor and actress for Sir Derek Jacobi and Margaret Tyzack for Twelfth Night and The Chalk Garde n respectively.
The Royal Shakespeare Company also secured four wins, including best company performance for the 35-strong cast seen in the history plays at the Roundhouse and best supporting actor for Patrick Stewart in Hamlet.
He stood down two months ago as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough after nearly 40 years in charge and said he needed the adrenaline rush of the rehearsal room. We've just transferred Woman in Mind [from Scarborough] to the Vaudeville and I'm hoping to do more," he said.
He said he hoped to direct new productions of Time of My Life and A Chorus of Disapproval.
The 30-year-old Gavin and Stacey showed his devotion to his girlfriend by lending her his jacket to to brave the cold.