As previously tipped, Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will host this year’s Olivier Awards, to be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 13 March 2011

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton to host this year's Olivier Awards

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton to host this year's Olivier Awards

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton are both past Olivier winners, Michael for Best Actor in a Musical in 2008 for Hairspray and Imelda in 1985 for A Chorus Of Disapproval and The Corn Is Green and 1991 for Into The Woods.

The pair are also set to appear together at the Chichester Festival Theatre this summer in a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (from 24 September), directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Michael Ball in the title role and Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett.

This year’s Awards are being covered by BBC Radio 2, which Michael Ball is also hosting, and on the BBC’s red button service.

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LINKS

Olivier Awards microsite

Olivier Awards – nominations

LISTEN: Elaine Paige announces the Olivier Audience Award short list

VIDEO: Michael Ball interviews Imelda Staunton on The Michael Ball Show