BREAKING NEWS: The Celebration of Live Theater in the UK is still happening after all. It has just been announced that this year's Olivier Awards is officially set for next month!! However, it's going to be a little different.
For a little recap first, the 2020 Olivier Awards was originally set for April 5th, 2020 at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall. However, the ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all of Live Theater in the UK (and around the world including our Broadway backyard) being shutdown.
For this unique edition, it will be set for October 25th, 2020 and broadcast from different areas all around the legendary London Palladium. It will feature a mixture of the official revealment of the 2020 winners, interviews, and special performances. It will be hosted by Jason Manford.
The main show will be broadcast on ITV, with additional awards being shown in a pre-show broadcast the same evening on Official London Theatre's YouTube channel. Listeners will be able to tune in to a show highlighting the winners and key moments on Magic Radio from 8pm until 10pm on Monday 26 October, with extended coverage across the week on digital radio station Magic at the Musicals. More details of performances and guests will be announced nearer the date.
In addition because of the limited number of new productions that were set to open in the UK, the next major Olivier Awards ceremony is anticipated to be held in 2022. Plans to celebrate the theatre industry for 2021 will be revealed at a later time.
For those who may not know, the Olivier Awards is best known as the British version of the Tonys honoring the best of Live Theater in the UK and London's West End. It's named after legendary British actor Laurence Olivier.
Some of the shows that were already nominated for the Oliviers this year conisted of….
Dear Evan Hansen,
Cyrano de Bergerac,
Death of a Salesman,
Fiddler on the Roof,
Magic Goes Wrong,
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Who is excited?!!!
The winners of this year's Oliver Awards 2020 with Mastercard will be announced on Sunday 25 October in a special programme hosted by Jason Manford and broadcast on ITV and Magic Radio.
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