The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard will take place on Sunday 13 April. The illustrious event, staged at the Royal Opera House, will be an incredible evening of celebration, award-giving and unbelievable live performances.
The highlight of the theatre awards season, the prestigious ceremony will be attended by West End stars, powerhouse producers, screen and music idols, and a host of London's most influential movers and shakers.
In addition to handing out the much-coveted statuettes to the cream of London’s theatre stars, the evening will be packed with exclusive performances from some of this year’s nominees, tributes to 2014’s as yet unannounced Special Award winners and surprise appearances.
Building on last year’s fantastic collaboration, ITV will broadcast a highlights programme capturing the very best moments from the ceremony shortly after proceedings at the Royal Opera House have come to a close.
ITV is also extending its partnership with the Olivier Awards in 2014, presenting the ITV stage in Covent Garden Piazza for the first time. Covent Garden will once again become a excited hub where theatre fans can congregate to watch the ceremony streamed onto big screens, enjoy exclusive live performances and take the celebration of London theatre to the streets.
BBC Radio 2 also continues to work closely with the Olivier Awards in 2014, by sponsoring the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, which you can vote for here, and broadcasting a two hour special, hosted by Michael Ball, at 18:00 on Saturday 19 April. The programme will feature performances from the night, speeches and backstage interviews.
Prior to the ceremony, the attention of all nervous and expectant performers, producers, creatives and fans will be on the nominations announcement. This will be held at the Rosewood London, the Olivier Awards’ new hotel partner, on Monday 10 March and hosted by former Olivier Award winners Leigh Zimmerman and Nigel Harman. The nominations will be live streamed around the world on websites including those of the Olivier Awards, Tony Awards and Official London Theatre from 11:30 GMT.
In 2014, the Olivier Awards have partnered with Acting For Others, a group of 15 individual charities that offers financial and emotional assistance and support to entertainment professionals who have fallen on hard times.
As part of the exciting charity partnership, a special evening will be held at the Olivier Awards’ new fashion partner Fenwicks of Bond Street. On Thursday 10 April, an extraordinary workforce of stage and screen stars will take to the shop floor to man tills and pack bags from 18:00 to 20:00. A percentage of every sale made during that period will be donated to the charity.