FAQs

Questions about the Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard

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What is the date of the Olivier Awards?

The Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Where will they take place?

The event is moving to the Royal Albert Hall for the first time this year.

Can I book tickets to attend the ceremony?

Yes! Public tickets are available exclusively for MasterCard cardholders, via Priceless London.

How do I find out who is hosting, performing, and presenting at the ceremony?

We’ll announce all the details when we can on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, so make sure to join us there!

Will there be a red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall?

Yes. Public will be able to come along and line the red carpet to watch all the guests arrive. Also, brand new for 2017, there will be a red carpet show live on Facebook. More details will be announced nearer the time.

Will the red carpet have a wheelchair accessible area?

Absolutely. Further details on how to access this area will be confirmed nearer the time, so please do check this page soon.

How can I watch the show?

Viewers can take in all the red carpet action in our very first live red carpet show on Facebook. The ceremony will then be shown, in full, on ITV on Sunday 9 April [exact time slot tbc].

When are the nominations announced?

The nominations will be announced at 12pm on Monday 6 March, live on Facebook.

Will there be the live event in Covent Garden Piazza?

Unfortunately, due to the move to the Royal Albert Hall, we are unable to host an event in the Covent Garden Piazza this year.

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General Olivier Awards questions

What are the Olivier Awards with MasterCard?

The Olivier Awards are run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and are the most prestigious theatre awards in the UK. For full information about the awards, see the About The Awards section.

Who was Laurence Olivier?

Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was an actor, director and founder of the National Theatre Company. In 1984 Olivier agreed to give his name to the awards. Visit the Laurence Olivier page for a full biography.

How are winners and nominees decided?

The Olivier Awards are judged by four separate panels. For further details visit the Judging page.

Who is eligible for nomination for an award for 2017?

Any new production that opened between 17 February 2016 and 21 February 2017 in a theatre represented in membership of Society of London Theatre is eligible for consideration for the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, provided it has at least 30 performances. For more information visit the About The Awards page.

How many awards are there and who is nominated?

The awards include 26 categories, although they are not all given each year: 21 for theatre, two for opera, two for dance, one for productions presented by SOLT’s (Society of London Theatre) Affiliate members. Society of London Theatre also presents the Special Award.

Where can I find out about previous years' Olivier Awards?

Visit the Previous Winners page for information on all winners and nominees since the awards began.

What does an Olivier Award look like?

The bronze statue portrays a young Laurence Olivier as Henry V at the Old Vic in 1937. It was commissioned by SOLT from the sculptor Harry Franchetti and weighs 1.6kg.

If there is anything you would like to know not covered on this page, please email awards@soltukt.co.uk