"Olivier is somebody I owe so much, my career owes so much to. His generosity, his faith in me. So to win an award in his name is very special" Derek Jacobi
"It means everything to win an Olivier Award. You certainly don’t go into this for the recognition, but it sure feels lovely when you get it. " Michelle Terry
"It’s an absolute thrill, particularly looking at the list of people who’ve been given it before, beginning with Olivier and then Gielgud and Richardson and Judi Dench and all those actors I’ve so admired" Sir Ian McKellen
"I can’t believe I’ve won an Olivier Award. I feel like I’m completely blagging it and this man never did." Sheridan Smith
"That’s the highpoint of my life, I’ll look back on this night and think it was downhill from there" Rupert Goold
"I used to watch the Oliviers on TV as a kid and dream of winning one of these. I’m so pleased they are televising it again this year because that’s the way you inspire the next generation." Neil Austin
"It’s the most exciting awards event that we have in this country really. It’s the Laurence Olivier Awards; they’re very very precious to us, as he was." Janie Dee
“Winning an Olivier Award is a dream come true. It’s the best thing that has happened in my life” Bill Deamer
“Theatre is a massive industry in this country and it should be looked upon as an incredible thing” Lee Evans
“On an evening like this, one is just reminded of what has gone on in one year and the amount of work that has been put into London theatre… it is really a celebration of our theatre in all its forms” David Suchet
“I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional, that’s the odd thing. You look out there and you see all those people, it’s gorgeous isn’t it?” Richard McCabe
“It’s a testament to collaboration and what working together can bring, and how theatre made with a fantastic team can make audiences happy” Finn Ross
“Theatre is important to me. It really is. Good theatre transcends any other art form” Tim Minchin
“It feels slightly overwhelming to win, I have to say. Tremendously overwhelming, but tremendously, tremendously exciting and immensely flattering” Simon Stephens
“I’m so excited that the Olivier Awards has been elevated in the way that it has, especially being televised this year. The bigger deal we make of it, the bigger deal people will perceive of it, and West End theatre deserves that. All theatre deserves that” Leigh Zimmerman
"I can remember watching the Oliviers when I was 11 or 12... it’s always been THE theatre awards. To be part of it for a year is fantastic." Nigel Harman
“To see Dame Helen Mirren receive her award, those are incredible moments that will live with you. Everything is such a visual spectacular and a sensory overload. It’s just everything that you want the awards to be” Myleene Klass
"It’s fantastic. You work so hard so when you get a little day in the sun it’s a great encouragement" Douglas Hodge
"Everything that you say is going to sound so cliché, but it’s all absolutely true. It’s brilliant to be nominated. The Olivier Awards is the big one" Nigel Planer
"I’m absolutely delighted, it’s wonderful. Everybody wants to be nominated for an Olivier in their career and when it actually happens you think ‘Oh my God, I’ve done it!’" Cecilia Noble
"To be nominated feels absolutely wonderful, [I am] thrilled, privileged, honoured, joyous. Absolutely chuffed" Sharon D Clarke
"Everyone knows that London theatre’s the best. We are so fortunate in our country to have such an array of talent on display at any given time. We’re very lucky" Debbie Chazen
"It’s just the best feeling in the world really being recognised by the Olivier Awards, you can’t get much better than this!" Phoebe Waller-Bridge
"It’s a very nice surprise to be nominated.. it’s great to be included amongst such illustrious company" Ardal O'Hanlon
"Our West End debut and we’ve been nominated for an Oliver. It doesn’t get much better really. To get an Olivier Award nomination is extraordinary" Eric And Little Ern's Jonty Stephens
"Completely shocked and humbled by it. To be associated with the actresses in that category, it’s just remarkable. I’m astounded by it" Hayley Atwell
"These things don’t happen much in your life and I think the Olivier Awards are so fantastic... I am thrilled to be nominated" Jenna Russell
Rosalie Craig has called her fellow nominee Katherine Kingsley’s Olivier Award nomination for a Shakespearean role “very important” for the industry, revealing at this week’s Nominees Lunch it was an inspiration for other actors attempting to forge a career in both musical theatre and drama.
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the male half of hit Swedish pop group ABBA, will join the cast of Mamma Mia! on stage at the Olivier Awards with MasterCard to bring the spectacular ceremony to a close.
Maria Friedman, who is nominated for the coveted Best Director accolade at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard after making her directorial debut with Merrily We Roll Along in 2013, has hinted that another collaboration with the Menier Chocolate Factory could be in the offing.
Highlights from the 2014 Olivier Awards with MasterCard will once again be broadcast on mainstream television in a special programme to be presented on ITV shortly after the glittering ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on 13 April.