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Everything we know so far about the Olivier Awards 2023 with Mastercard

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 14 March 2023, Last Updated 2 April 2023

As the date is fast approaching, we’ve put together this handy article with all the information you could ever want to know about the Olivier Awards 2023 with Mastercard.

When are the Olivier Awards 2023?

The Olivier Awards take place this year on Sunday 2 April at the Royal Albert Hall.

Who is hosting the Olivier Awards?

This year, for the first time ever, the Olivier Awards will be hosted by three-time Olivier nominee and Emmy award-winner Hannah Waddingham.

Find out more about where you recognise her from in our article here!

How can I watch?

A highlights programme will be broadcast at 10:15pm on ITV1 and ITVX. The full ceremony will be broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall on Magic Radio, hosted by Ruthie Henshall and Alice Arnold from 6pm. Viewers from outside the UK can tune in on Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel.  

 TikTok will also be hosting a live stream on the Green Carpet, with Hannah Lowther as our host.  Find out more about how to watch on the night here!

Who will be performing at the Olivier Awards?

For the first time ever, we’ll have an original Olivier Awards Opening Number, to be performed by Hannah Waddingham alongside some of your West End favourites and written by Pippa Cleary – the first female British composer to have had 3 shows produced on the West End. So there are plenty of reasons to watch!

This year’s ceremony will include performances from nominees The Band’s Visit, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Sister Act, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, Sylvia and Tammy Faye.

We’ll also see performances from Disney’s Newsies, whose choreographer Matt Cole is nominated and multi-Olivier winner The Book Of Mormon will be celebrating 10 years in the West End with a special performance. Special Award winner, Dame Arlene Phillips, will be honoured on the night with a special performance from Grease the Musical. Check out pictures from the sitzprobe below!

Who are the Olivier Award nominees?

The nominees for the 2023 Olivier Awards were all announced on Tuesday 28 April; find the full list here!

What celebrities will be there?

Presenters on the star-studded line-up include Milly Alcock, Sheila Atim, Matthew Bourne, Darcey Bussell, Divina De Campo, Liz Carr, Es Devlin, Luke Evans, Helen George, Callum Scott Howells, Eddie Izzard, Cush Jumbo, Ronan Keating, Tim Minchin, Anne Reid, Golda Rosheuvel, Lea Salonga, Harriet Scott, Sheridan Smith, Mark Strong, Meera Syal, Sindhu Vee and Dita Von Teese, Aimee Lou Wood.

AWFC football icon and Mastercard ambassador Alex Scott will also be there to enjoy the show. Other VIP guests include Louise Redknapp, Charlotte Tilbury and Amber Davies.

You can see a full list of all of this year’s nominees here, which includes stars from the stage and screen like Jodie Comer, Paul Mescal and David Tennant, as well as musical theatre favourites including Andrew Rannells, Beverley Knight and Marisha Wallace.

What Olivier Award recipients have already been announced?

Dame Arlene Phillips has been awarded this years Special Award, and Sir Derek Jacobi receives the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more here.

Find out more about this year’s Industry Recognition Award recipients, Pippa Ailion MBE, Andrew Bruce, Amanda Parker and Peter Wilson MBE in our article here.

Luke Evans and Beverley Knight presenting at the Olivier Awards in 2017

How can I watch the Olivier Awards?

You can listen to the full radio broadcast live on Magic FM at 6.30pm and watch highlights later that evening on ITV1 or stream it for free on ITVX. We will as ever be announcing all the winners live on our social channels, so make sure you follow @OlivierAwards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And of course, you can still come and watch the awards ceremony live in the room and be the very first to hear the winners as they’re announced by grabbing your tickets through priceless.com.

Can I watch the Red Carpet?

We usually have a limited space for public viewing of our Green Carpet – so called because it’s a red carpet made out of real grass! You can find out more on our Green Carpet viewing area page and if you’re watching from home make sure to follow us on social to see all the latest updates live from the carpet!

What is the Olivier Awards dress code?

We describe our dress code as ‘black tie and glamorous’. We’ve had some incredible fashion moments over the years, including Emma Corrin’s balloon dress that went viral last year! If you’re coming, dress in a way that makes you feel glamorous and smart. If you’re not, keep your eyes peeled on our social for some Green Carpet highlights!

Emma Corrin on the Green Carpet at the 2022 Olivier Awards


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