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Inaugural Olivier Awards’ Be Inspired champions are announced

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard have announced its six inaugural ‘Be Inspired Champions’. Nominated by members of the public and theatre industry, these six individuals have motivated and inspired others with their love and commitment to theatre. The six champions will be invited to the ceremony on Sunday 9 April and will be presented with […]

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Jason Manford will host the Olivier Awards 2017

Comedian and actor Jason Manford will host this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard. The 2017 awards are set to be the biggest yet, as they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Jason Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor. His stage credits include the multi Olivier Award-winning production of […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – Groundhog Day receives eight nominations

Groundhog Day leads the musical theatre field in the list of nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards, revealed today by Kinky Boots star Matt Henry and fellow Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (People, Places and Things). The well-received show which makes its Broadway debut later this month picked up nominations in eight categories including the Mastercard Award […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 nominees to be revealed on Monday 6 March

Kinky Boots star Matt Henry and fellow Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (People, Places and Things) will announce the nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard at 12 noon on Monday (6 March). The list of nominees will be revealed in a live broadcast via Facebook.com/OlivierAwards and a Nominees Celebration event will follow on […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – special red carpet access to fans

Audiences across the world will be able to tune in to the Olivier Awards’ first red carpet live show when the stage honours make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Details of the innovative broadcast show, aimed at allowing theatre fans across the world to get closer to the glamour […]

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Olivier Awards 2016 – big night for Gypsy, Kinky Boots and In The Heights

  Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy won the most awards this year for a single production at the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival. Kinky Boots was named MasterCard Best New Musical and In The Heights won the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Images (above): […]

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Olivier Awards – Cyndi Lauper to perform

Two worldwide musical stars will be joining the line-up for the 40th anniversary ceremony of The Olivier Awards. Grammy and Tony Award-winning musician Cyndi Lauper is set to perform both on her own and in a unique collaboration following the seven nominations for Kinky Boots, the musical for which she composed the music and lyrics. Michael Feinstein, master of […]

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Magic Radio Audience Award 2016 – shortlisted shows revealed

The four West End productions shortlisted for this year’s Magic Radio Audience Award have been announced. Jersey Boys, Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera, are all in the running for the award which will be presented at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard at the ceremony on 3 April. Created […]

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Curtain Call – A Year Backstage in London Theatre – new photography book

A photographic glimpse behind the footlights of some of London’s leading theatre productions is the subject of the first in a series of new books. Curtain Call – A Year Backstage in London Theatre is the brainchild of photographer Matt Humphrey and actor/director John Schwab. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards and benefiting from […]

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Kinky Boots West End cast album to be released

The stars of the smash hit West End production of the multi Olivier-nominated Kinky Boots will follow their Broadway predecessors by releasing a cast album. Available for pre-order next Friday (11 March) ahead of its 1 April release, the Sony Masterworks release was recorded live with the current West End cast at London’s Adelphi Theatre. […]

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Olivier Awards 2016 – Gypsy and Kinky Boots lead nominations

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard were announced today (Monday 29 February) by past winners Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton at Rosewood London, the awards’ official hotel partner. The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will take place on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. Gypsy and Kinky Boots […]

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Michael Ball to host 40th anniversary Olivier Awards

The Olivier Awards with MasterCard have today announced that Michael Ball will host this year’s awards ceremony. The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will be presented at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. Michael Ball, the celebrated musical theatre star, is a two-time Olivier Award-winner whose career in […]

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Curtain Up exhibition at V&A celebrates 40 years of theatre in London and New York

The artistry of the theatre in the West End and on Broadway will be celebrated in a major new exhibition which opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum this week (running from 9 February to 31 August 2016). Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York is an exploration of the vast […]

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Olivier Awards 2016 – plans to celebrate 40th anniversary include new YouTube channel

Plans to celebrate the Olivier Awards’ 40th anniversary have been announced, including a new Olivier Awards YouTube channel at youtube.com. Nicola Grant, head of marketing for MasterCard UK & Ireland said: “MasterCard is hugely proud to continue its partnership with SOLT and to celebrate the 40th year of the Oliviers – Britain’s most renowned theatre awards.” In the UK, ITV will […]

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The Oliviers in Concert – Royal Festival Hall, London

The Oliviers in Concert, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ So it’s 40 years since the Olivier Awards were created (they were originally inaugurated in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards) and kicking off the celebrations was this one-off […]

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West End stars celebrate 40th anniversary of Oliviers with musical theatre concert

Marking the start of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Olivier Awards in 2016, Society of London Theatre has today announced The Oliviers In Concert. The special event, in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Concert Orchestra, will take place on Monday 25 January 2016 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The evening will feature a […]

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Sunny Afternoon big winner at Olivier Awards 2015

The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden was the setting for the 39th Laurence Olivier Awards. The star-studded event was hosted by Lenny Henry and sponsored by MasterCard, who rolled out the red carpet to welcome the great and the good from the West End theatre scene. The ceremony opened with music from Katie […]

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West End stars line up for The Curtain Up Show Olivier Awards special at The Theatre Cafe

Olivier Award winner Stephen Ashfield, currently starring in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and Miss Saigon stars Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, complete the line-up of guests on The Curtain Up Show’s Olivier Awards special, which broadcasts live on Resonance 104.4 FM from The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue this Friday (10 April) from […]

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Olivier Awards – Katie Brayben, Beverley Knight and Nicole Scherzinger all to perform

The Olivier Awards with MasterCard – the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar – has revealed further details of the 2015 ceremony to be held on Sunday 12 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 10.15pm that evening on ITV in a full highlights package. The evening will feature exclusive performances from […]

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Shenton and Paddock launch Also Recognised Awards, celebrating lesser-known theatre talent

Leading theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock have teamed up to launch a new audience-voted, industry accolade. Last week, the Olivier Awards shortlists honoured some of the biggest names and shows of 2014. This week, the Also Recognised Awards celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in other fields. The awards are voted for online […]

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Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown extends run

The West End musical Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will extend its run to Saturday 22 August 2015. Olivier Award-nominees Tamsin Greig (Best Actress in a Musical) and Haydn Gwynne (Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical), continue to lead the international cast that includes Ricardo Afonso, Marianne Benedict, Seline Hizli, Holly James, Michael Matus, Rebecca McKinnis, Sarah Moyle, Alastair […]

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Olivier Awards 2015 – Memphis the Musical and Beautiful lead nominations

New productions Memphis the Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, receiving nine and eight nods respectively, at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard. The nominations were announced today (Monday 9 March) by actors James McAvoy and Lesley Manville. Among the shows’ nominations are those for the MasterCard Best New Musical Award, where the […]

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James McAvoy and Lesley Manville to reveal Olivier nominations

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard will be announced by actors Lesley Manville and James McAvoy on Monday 9 March at Rosewood London, and simultaneously live streamed to audiences worldwide at 12:00 GMT (08:00 USA EDT) at www.olivierawards.com. Lesley Manville, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2014 for her […]

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Vote opens for This Morning Audience Award as part of Oliviers 2015

As of midday today on Tuesday 17 February, theatre fans from across the UK are able to vote for their favourite long-running West End show to win the much coveted This Morning Audience Award (as part of the Olivier Awards 2015). Three-time Olivier winner Imelda Staunton was live in the This Morning studio to launch the public […]

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Interview – Maria Friedman celebrates New Year’s Eve with special musicals gala

It’s an understatement to say that Olivier Award-winning actress and director MARIA FRIEDMAN is busy. Along with performing her acclaimed cabaret shows and making plans to stage the Cole Porter musical High Society at the Old Vic next year, she is regularly filming BBC1’s EastEnders (playing the character of Elaine Peacock). So one would imagine that […]

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Once – Ronan Keating joins cast in November

On 17 November 2014 Ronan Keating will join the West End cast of Olivier Award-winning musical Once to play the leading role of Guy. Keating said: “I was truly bowled over when I first saw Once. The music and storyline are so incredibly moving and, combined with John Tiffany’s direction, I believe it’s a modern-day masterpiece. […]

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More images from the Olivier Awards red carpet

The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place at London’s Royal Opera House – hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton – and featured 14 live performances including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting as part of a rousing show finale to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! Thanks to photographer Vivienne Vincent, Musical […]

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The Book of Mormon wins big at Olivier Awards

The Book Of Mormon dominated the musical categories at the 38th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, winning four prizes including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel (that’s four wins from six nominations). Les Misérables won the much-coveted BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for the second time. The ceremony at London’s Royal Opera […]

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Stars come out for Olivier Awards 2014

The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place at London’s Royal Opera House – hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton – and featured 14 live performances including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting as part of a rousing show finale to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! Thanks to photographer Vivienne Vincent, Musical Theatre […]

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Olivier Awards charity night boosted by presence of Dench and Fellowes

To celebrate the Olivier Awards with MasterCard, Fenwick of Bond Street will host a one-off shop with the stars evening on 10 April to raise funds and awareness for the Olivier Award’s official charity Acting For Others. On the night, Fenwick of Bond Street will be filled with the crème de la crème of British […]

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Benny, Björn and Bernadette Peters in Olivier Awards line-up

To celebrate 15 years of the hit show Mamma Mia!, Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will be reuniting to appear with the current London company in the grand finale at this year’s Olivier Awards‎ with MasterCard, taking place on Sunday 13 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 10.15pm that evening on ITV […]

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Charlie and Merrily top Olivier Awards nominations

New musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along have topped the voting in the Olivier Awards 2014 nominations, as announced by previous winners Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman in London today. Best New Musical nominees Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys are hot on their heels with six nominations. The highly […]

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Olivier Awards nominations streamed live on March 10

In a new initiative, the nominations for the Olivier Awards 2014 will be announced at Rosewood London, the awards’ official hotel partner, and simultaneously streamed live to audiences worldwide at 11.30am on Monday 10 March. The announcements will be made by Olivier Award winners from the last two years: Nigel Harman, who is starring in […]

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Olivier Awards 2014 – first details revealed

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 […]

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Singular Sensations – Janie Dee – Charing Cross Theatre

Singular Sensations – Janie Dee in conversation with Edward Seckerson at the Charing Cross Theatre, London. This was the third in the series in which music journalist (and one-time actor and singer) Edward Seckerson talks to musical performers about aspects of their lives and work. Kerry Ellis and Howard Goodall were the first two guests […]

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In conversation with Janie Dee

Barrie Jerram catches up with Olivier Award-winning actress and singer Janie Dee. This weekend versatile actress Janie Dee is the latest guest of Edward Seckerson in his Singular Sensations series at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. These shows have an ‘in conversation with…’ format as the writer and presenter encourages his guests to talk about their […]

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Olivier Awards, a taste of the glamour

Click on any image for a larger version. It was a glamorous night at the Royal Opera House for the 37th Olivier Awards. While all those associated with musical theatre winners Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot had much to celebrate, plenty of other performers played their part too. Actress Heather Headley may not have […]

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Olivier Awards – winners revealed…

Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot were the big musical theatre winners in the 37th Olivier Awards (hosted by the Society of London Theatre and sponsored by Mastercard), held at London’s Royal Opera House and compered by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville. Top Hat, currently running at the Aldwych Theatre, was victorious in three categories – […]

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