The Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard – the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar – was webcast internationally from London via YouTube on Sunday, April 3. You can watch on the Olivier Awards YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/olivierawards), or below.
British theatre’s most sought-after awards have been a mark of theatrical greatness since they were inaugurated in 1976. This year, two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball hosted the 40th Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.
The list of 2016 Olivier Award nominees includes Gemma Arterton, Kenneth Branagh, Kenneth Cranham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss, Denise Gough, Preeya Kalidas, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Lester, Lara Pulver, Mark Rylance, Imelda Staunton, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet.
The guests presenting this year’s awards include Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton, Shirley Bassey, Matthew Bourne, Rob Brydon, Stephen Campbell Moore, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Adam Cooper, Paul Copley, Noma Dumezweni, Alfred Enoch, Luke Evans, David Gandy, Kit Harington, Emma Hatton, Lenny Henry, Eddie Izzard, Rory Kinnear, Beverley Knight, Lesley Manville, Julia McKenzie, James Norton, Vanessa Redgrave, Amber Riley, Juliet Stevenson, Savannah Stevenson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Luke Treadaway, Zoë Wanamaker and Barbara Windsor.
In a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, Joe Stilgoe and Michael Feinstein will be joined by Michael Ball, Sharon D Clarke, Daniel Evans and Leigh Zimmerman to also perform an exclusive 40th anniversary tribute to the Olivier Awards.
Grammy Award and Tony Award winner Cyndi Lauper will perform both on her own and in a unique collaboration. Kinky Boots, with music and lyrics by Lauper, is nominated for seven Olivier Awards.
Jack Savoretti will perform Sonnet 18 at the ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. His performance will be introduced by Rory Kinnear, the last person to win an Olivier Award for a Shakespeare role.
The evening will feature exclusive performances from all four nominated productions in the Best Musical Revival category. Best Actress in a Musical nominee Imelda Staunton will open the show performing a number from the multi-Olivier Award-nominated show Gypsy. Casts from Bugsy Malone, Guys and Dolls and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will also perform.
Additionally, all four nominees for MasterCard Best New Musical will be performing. Theatre fans can expect dazzling performances from Bend It Like Beckham, In The Heights, Kinky Boots and Mrs Henderson Presents
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Revised Sunday, 09 April, 2017