America’s great living composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, will be honoured at this year’s Olivier Awards with a Special Award.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

At the awards ceremony on 13 Match 2011 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Sondheim will be given the Special Award for his achievement within theatre.

Past recipients of the award include Harold Pinter, Ralph Richardson, Ian McKellen, Peter Hall, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier.

The award follows a year of celebrations for the composer’s 80th birthday including a number of revivals of his shows, including the Olivier Award nominated Passion at the Donmar Warehouse.

Sondheim will be at the ceremony in person to collect the award.