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Olivier Awards performances

The greatest live musical performances in the history of the Olivier Awards

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The 2022 Olivier Awards will take place on 10 April. Read the full list of 2022 Olivier Awards nominations.

Considered to be the most prestigious awards ceremony in London's theatre calendar, the Olivier Awards celebrate exceptional productions which have been staged in the West End and affiliate theatres. So, we've gone through the archives of ceremonies broadcast to present our favourite live musical performances over the years.

There's special moments that have gone down in Olivier history, as well as performances from a variety of West End musicals still open in London today, with casts and creative teams coming together.

## Come From Away

Winning best new musical the 2019 Oliviers, the 12-strong cast of Come From Away took to the Royal Albert Hall in a medley of hits from the show, inviting audiences to the Rock in spectacular style. During their five-minute performance, there's excerpts from the opening and closing numbers in the show, with actors and musicians sharing the stage together, including Rachel Tucker who is now reprising her performance as Beverley Bass in the Broadway production. The musical went on to win four Olivier Awards. Watch Come From Away at the Olivier Awards.

## Miss Saigon

As well as writing Les Miserables, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's Miss Saigon received unanimous praise from critics, with the musical running for a decade at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Footage of the original company is hard to come by, but here's a video of the cast including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman in a medley of Miss Saigon songs at the 1990 Olivier Awards.Watch Miss Saigon at the Olivier Awards

## Hamilton

After sweeping the Tony Awards in 2016, it's no surprise that the West End production of Hamilton earned similar levels of critical success. Winning seven Olivier Awards, the Hamilton company gave their first public performance at the 2018 Olivier Awards, with Jamael Westman pausing after his first entrance on stage to allow for the audience to clap. If you've seen the musical or you've never listened to the soundtrack before, this Olivier performance captures the magic of the musical, also featuring Giles Terera in his award-winning role as Aaron Burr. Watch Hamilton at the Olivier Awards here.

## Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! celebrated its 15th birthday with a special performance of the show's greatest hits at the 2014 Olivier Awards. They're joined by ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson on stage for a one-off performance, getting the audience on their feet with a medley including "Thank You for the Music", "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia!". Last year, the show hit its 20th anniversary milestone at the Novello Theatre.Watch Mamma Mia! at the Olivier Awards here.

## The Rocky Horror Show

It's become tradition for audiences going to The Rocky Horror Show to dress up as a character from the production. While this may not have been the case at the 1991 Olivier Awards, those at the ceremony got out our seats and did the "Time Warp" in celebration of the show's revival at the Piccadilly Theatre. The musical hasn't been revived in London for over 30 years, but we're hoping that we'll be able to do the time warp again one day. [Watch The Rocky Horror Show at the Olivier Awards here.](

## We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You is one of London's longest-running musicals ever, having played a continuous run at the Dominion for over 12 years. But in 2012, the cast returned to the Oliviers with a performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody", joined on stage by none other than Queen guitarist Brian May as he takes centre stage for the song's guitar solo. It's an electrifying performance of one of the musical's stand-out hits, with the performers playing Galileo and Scaramouche, as well as Brian May left on stage to soak up the applause. [Watch We Will Rock You at the Olivier Awards here]

## Matilda

Matilda received a nomination in every eligible category it was possible for, with the musical's original Matilda's Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox sharing the award for best actress in a musical. At the 2012 ceremony, the quartet performed a one-off performance of "Naughty" together, receiving a standing ovation. Opening in the West End in 2011, the hit musical's still running at the Cambridge TheatreWatch Matilda the Musical at the Olivier Awards here.

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