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.
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 broadcasted a highlights programme capturing the very best moments from the ceremony shortly after proceedings at the Royal Opera House came to a close.
ITV also extended its partnership with the Olivier Awards in 2014, presenting the ITV stage in Covent Garden Piazza, hosted by Myleene Klass and Michael Xavier for the first time. 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 also continues to work closely with the Olivier Awards in 2014, by sponsoring the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, 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.
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 was held at the Olivier Awards’ fashion partner Fenwick of Bond Street. On Thursday 10 April an extraordinary workforce of stage and screen stars took to the shop floor to man tills and pack bags. A percentage of every sale made was donated to the charity.