"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
"Just to have the nomination is amazing because I never believed that I would be in this situation" Sarah Lancashire
"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
“I’ve been nominated a few times and the fact that I never won until now I always thought was Larry’s revenge.” Maggie Smith
"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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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.
The most prestigious event in the theatre awards calendar is fast approaching, which means it’s time for theatre lovers to vote for the long-running show they’d like to see take home the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard.
The Olivier Awards with MasterCard will take place on Sunday 13 April next year, when the coveted statuettes – as well as one new award – will be handed out to the very best productions, performers and creatives in London’s Theatreland.
As the creative teams nominated for this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard gathered at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the very best of British theatre, we were backstage to be the first to capture the winners’ responses.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time proved to be as big a hit with the Olivier Award judges as with the public, winning an astounding seven of the eight awards it was nominated for at Theatreland's most prestigious award ceremony.