The Olivier Awards 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a performance of Sonnet 18 by Jack Savoretti.
Savoretti’s performance of Sonnet 18, widely known for its opening line ‘Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?’, will be introduced by two-time Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear – the last person to win an Oliver Award for a Shakespeare role.
The performance is inspired by 2002 album When Loves Speaks, a collection of William Shakespeare’s sonnets interpreted in spoken word and song which was co-curated by the late Alan Rickman.
Many of the album’s contributors are past Olivier Award winners including Juliet Stevenson, who will be presenting an award at the ceremony, and 2016 nominees Kenneth Branagh and Imelda Staunton.
2016 has been a breakout year for Jack Savoretti, with his latest album Written In Scars hitting the Top 10 in the UK.
Currently on a European tour, he will be playing a sold-out headline show as part of Summer Series at Somerset House.
The 2016 Olivier Awards will be hosted by Michael Ball on Sunday 3 April 2016 at the Royal Opera House. The awards will be broadcast live on new radio station Mellow Magic, with extended highlights broadcast on ITV1 at 22:15 on 3 April 2016 and broadcast in full on ITV3 at 23:00 on 4 April 2016.
International audiences will be able to watch the full broadcast of the star-studded ceremony on the Olivier Awards’ new YouTube channel from 22:00 (BST) on Sunday 3 April. (www.youtube.com/olivierawards).