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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?

Any new production that opened between 26 February 2015 and 16 February 2016 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 27 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 and the Magic Radio Audience Award. Society of London Theatre also presents the Special Award.

Are any Olivier Awards voted for by the public?

Yes. The Magic Radio Audience Award is voted for by the public.

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.