The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place on Sunday 13 April. The illustrious event, staged at the Royal Opera House, was an incredible evening of celebration, award-giving and unbelievable live performances.
The highlight of the theatre awards season, the prestigious ceremony was hosted by Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan, and attended by West End stars, powerhouse producers, screen and music idols, and a host of London's most influential movers and shakers. This year’s roster of presenters included Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Beverley Knight, Dame Penelope Keith, Mark Strong, Luke Treadaway, Gok Wan and Ruth Wilson.
The Almeida Theatre dominated the night’s prize-giving, with Chimerica collecting five of the awards and Ghosts another three, including Best Actress for leading lady Lesley Manville. Rory Kinnear (pictured) was named Best Actor for his outstanding performance as Iago in Othello. The Book Of Mormon took the lion’s share of the musical awards, winning in four categories including Best New Musical.
In addition to handing out the much-coveted statuettes to the cream of London’s theatre stars, the evening was packed with exclusive performances. Among the shows that performed were Best New Musical winner The Book Of Mormon and fellow nominated shows Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys. Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and opera star Joseph Calleja took to the Royal Opera House stage, as well as ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, who joined the cast of Mamma Mia! to celebrate the show’s 15th birthday.
Building on last year’s fantastic collaboration, ITV broadcast a highlights programme capturing the very best moments from the ceremony shortly after proceedings at the Royal Opera House came to a close. The show is currently available to view on ITV Player.
ITV extended its partnership with the Olivier Awards, presenting the ITV stage in Covent Garden Piazza for the first time, hosted by Myleene Klass and Michael Xavier. Covent Garden once again became an excited hub where theatre fans congregated to watch the ceremony streamed on to big screens, enjoy exclusive live performances and take the celebration of London theatre to the streets.
BBC Radio 2 continued to work closely with the Olivier Awards, sponsoring the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award broadcasting a two hour special hosted by Michael Ball, featuring performances from the night, speeches and backstage interviews, on Saturday 19 April.