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Laurence Olivier Awards to be broadcast live for the first time ever


The Laurence Olivier Awards will, for the first time ever, be broadcast live, event organisers The Society of London Theatre announced recently.

The 2010 awards - including nominated stars Jude Law, Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz and Ken Stott - are sure to be a big hit.

And, by providing live access to this exclusive event, Official London Theatre are ensuring theatre fans everywhere can get involved as the action unfolds on awards night.

Viewers can watch the presentation of awards and exclusive performances live from this year’s ceremony via

It is the first time the Olivier Awards have been shown in full and unedited, as they happen. Theatre, dance and opera lovers will have the opportunity to be part of the ceremony and to watch the winners take the stage at the awards, which will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Sunday 21 March.

The live streaming will start at 6.30pm via a player on the website. In addition to seeing the winners collect their awards, viewers can enjoy performances from London’s best productions, including some of the 2010 nominated shows, plus a showcase from famous Theatreland photographer Simon Annand’s exhibition The Half.

Proceedings will be hosted by Anthony Head, who is currently appearing in Six Degrees Of Separation at the Old Vic and is well known for his roles in TV series Merlin, Little Britain and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

This, the 34th Laurence Olivier Awards, also sets new grounds with the launch of the Audience Award. The new prize gives members of the public the opportunity to select a winner at the premier theatre awards.

Voting is still open for the new award voted for entirely by the public, with five shows making it to the shortlist - Billy Elliot The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, War Horse, We Will Rock You and Wicked.

Audience members can vote for the production they feel should be awarded the Most Popular Show Award at

Philippa Salvoni, Head of Publishing at The Society of London Theatre said the upcoming live broadcast: “is a very exciting development for both the Laurence Olivier Awards and The Society of London Theatre. We are delighted that visitors to our website will be able to enjoy the atmosphere and glamour of this prestigious event.”


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