ITV will be the official television broadcast partner for the 38th Olivier Awards which take place on Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The channel will be screening an Olivier Awards ceremony highlights programme, to be broadcast on the night shortly after the ceremony.
The Olivier Awards and Society of London Theatre have also extended its partnership for 2014 with the ITV Stage in the Covent Garden Piazza, where there will be a relay of the awards ceremony show on big screens as well as live performances from top West End shows, along with special guests. The hosts for this stage, and performances, will be announced nearer the date.
BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a new special two-hour highlights programme of the Olivier Awards, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, including speeches, performances, backstage interviews and studio guests, to be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 18 April.
This year also sees the return of the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for the most popular show, the only Olivier Award decided entirely by members of the public. Voting was launched on the Elaine Paige On Sunday programme on Sunday 26 January and will close on Tuesday 4 March. Visit www.olivierawards.com to place your vote.
Further details of the Olivier Awards ceremony will be announced shortly, but it will include performances from some of the nominated musicals, tributes to this year’s Special Award winners and some special guests.
The nominations for the 2014 awards will be announced on Monday 10 March at Rosewood London, London’s newest luxury hotel which is the Olivier Awards official hotel. BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting live from the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
For the first time ever, the Olivier Awards will partner with theatrical charity Acting for Others. Acting for Others is made up of 15 individual theatrical charities who between them offer financial and emotional assistance and support to those in the entertainment profession who have fallen on hard times.
In aid of the charity, the Olivier Awards’ new fashion partner, Fenwick of Bond Street, will host a special shopping event taking over the whole Bond Street store from 6–8.pm on Thursday 10 April with stars of stage and screen manning the tills, packing your bags and even being your personal shopper. Fenwick of Bond Street is donating a portion of every sale made that night to the charity.
Executive producer for the Society of London Theatre will be Julian Bird, and Lee Connolly and Fiona Clark for ITV Studios.