Olivier Award winners ‘likely’ to be announced at ceremony in the autumn

The ceremony, which was meant to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 5th April, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Olivier Awards to be rescheduled in the autumn

The winners of the 2020 Olivier Awards are likely to be announced at a ceremony later in the year, likely the autumn ‘depending on government medical advice’, a statement has revealed.

The ceremony, which was due to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 5th April and broadcast on ITV, was forced to cancel due to the current and unfolding global pandemic situation.

Nominations for the awards were revealed earlier this month, and plans to announce the winners at a new ceremony will be announced ‘as soon as possible’, however it has been confirmed ITV and Magic Radio will continue to be broadcast partners for the event.

On 5th April, ceremony host Jason Manford will host an hour-long television special delving into the archives to reminisce about the greatest Olivier performances, speeches and other moments from the last ten years, and will feature shows including Dreamgirls, Hamilton, The Book Of Mormon, The Lion King and the Matilda The Musical. The show will be broadcast at 10:15pm on 5th April on ITV.

Magic Radio will also broadcast a special programme on 5th April, showcasing highlights from previous award ceremonies, and their own concert series.

In a statement, SOLT chief executive Julian Bird said: “‘Amid unprecedentedly difficult times for our theatre community, we look forward to providing audiences with a unique celebration of the last ten years of incredible, world-leading British theatre honoured at the Olivier Awards, in anticipation of a separate ceremony for this year’s winners in the autumn.

“The theatre world has seen mass closures and cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many companies, creatives and performers taking to online platforms to create new work, connect with fans and colleagues, and raise money to help those in the industry who are struggling.”

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