Olivier Awards

The Olivier Awards 2022 – What we know so far

The UK’s most important and prestigious theatre awards, the Olivier Awards, are coming up fast.

Organised by the Society of London Theatre, the awards cover all major acting and creative disciplines. Established in 1976, and named in honour of great British actor Laurence Olivier, the Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London’s West End theatre.

Also see: Olivier Awards 2022 – Winners full list

Also see: The 75th annual Tony Awards 2022 – What we know so far

When will the Olivier Awards nominations be announced?

The 2022 Olivier Awards nominees were announced on Tuesday 8 March at 5pm, on SOLT’s YouTube channel. Last year’s winners, Miriam-Teak Lee (&Juliet) and Sam Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen), presented the nominees announcement. CabaretLife of Pi and Anything Goes are the big winners of the nominations, with 11, 9 and 9 nominations respectively. Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Back to the Future The Musicaand The Normal Heart also do well. See the full list of Olivier Awards 2022 nominations.

Who won the 2022 Olivier Awards?

The big winners of the 2022 Olivier Awards were Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club / Playhouse Theatre, which won a total of 7 awards including best musical revival; and Life Of Pi at the Wyndham’s Theatre, which picked up 5 Olivier Awards including best new play.

Check out the full list of 2022 Olivier Awards winners.

What date are the Olivier Awards 2022 winners announced?

The winners of the 2022 Olivier Awards will be announced on Sunday 10 April 2022. Follow our live coverage of the Olivier Awards 2022 Winners here.

A few winners have already been announced ahead of the awards. The winners of the Special Recognition Awards were announced on 24 March, recognising outstanding contributions to the theatre industry from five individuals. The winners are Sylvia Young, the theatre school founder; Bob King, the theatre poster designer; Lisa Burger CBE, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre; Gloria Louis, theatre trailblazer; and Susie Sainsbury, theatre and arts philanthropist.

Watch and listen to the the Olivier Awards at home

Yes, in the UK there will be a TV broadcast of highlights of the awards on ITV, starting at 10:15pm on Sunday 10th.

Outside the UK you can watch a stream at 10:15pm EST (7:15pm ET) on YouTube.

The Green Carpet arrivals will also be streamed – also on YouTube from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, with Magic Radio’s Emma B and host of NY1’s ‘On Stage’ programme, Frank DiLellaby, plus Angellica Bell and Anita Rani chatting to the stars.

On radio in the UK, Magic Radio will be broadcasting the ceremony live from 5.30pm, hosted by Ruthie Henshall and Alice Arnold.

Where will be 2022 Olivier Awards ceremony be held?

As in previous years, the awards will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Who is hosting this year’s Olivier Awards?

Comedian and actor Jason Manford is once again hosting the awards. The ceremony will also feature performances from a number of West End shows and stars.

What shows and stars will perform at the 2022 Olivier Awards?

SOLT has so far announced that all of the Best New Musical nominees will perform at the Olivier Awards ceremony on 10 April 2022. So that means some fabulous performances from the casts of Back To The Future: The Musical, The Drifters Girl, Frozen The Musical, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical and Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Also the ceremony will feature performances from the three Best Musical Revival nominees: Anything Goes, Cabaret and Spring Awakening, and a special performance from Life Of Pi, which is nominated in nine categories including Best New Play.

We are also promised the participation of some big West End stars, as presenters of awards or performers, including Anne-Marie Duff, Jonathan Pryce, Keala Settle, Noma Dumezweni, Beverley Knight, Bonnie Langford, Miriam-Teak Lee, Jade Anouka, Baroness Dame Floella Benjamin, Don Black, Tom Felton, Kit Harington, Max Harwood, Ruthie Henshall, Cassidy Janson, Oti Mabuse, Dame Arlene Phillips, Dr Ranj Singh,Giles Terera, Sam Tutty, Eric Underwood, Layton Williams – and more to be announced.

The Olivier Awards ceremony will end with a musical tribute to legendary theatre composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died last year aged 91. Performers paying tribute are to be announced.

Can I book tickets to watch the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall?

Yes, although you will need to be the holder of a MasterCard debit or credit card (MasterCard sponsor the awards). You can book tickets here.

Who are past winners of the Olivier Awards?

Check out our Olivier Awards page for past winners of the awards. Also our Awards Data page for listings of winners going back to 1976.

How are the Olivier Award winners chosen?

The Society of London Theatre puts together four panels of people to choose the awards. They are made up of industry professionals (including journalists, casting directors, arts administrators and publishers), theatre “luminaries” and members of the public who have interviewed and been selected based on their passion for London theatre.

The four panels are for theatre, opera, dance and affiliates. 

What shows are eligible for a 2022 Olivier Award?

That’s a good question, and the answer is – a lot of shows! Because the Awards were cancelled last year, this year’s awards are selecting shows that opened between 19 February 2020 to 22 February 2022 – two years of shows, albeit with a vastly reduced number in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid. The show has to have played in a theatre represented in membership of Society of London Theatre to be considered eligible, but that basically covers most West End theatres.

Who organises the Olivier Awards?

Ultimately, Society of London Theatre chief executive Julian Bird is responsible for the awards. It is his last year as exec producer of the awards as he leaves SOLT in May. So expect him to want these awards – the first proper big, live ceremony for two years – to be MEGA!

The key person organising the awards is Emma De Souza, Head of Marketing and Communications at SOLT, and her team.

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