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In photos: Olivier Awards Special Recognition event at Clarence House

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 6 April 2022, Last Updated 6 April 2022

This afternoon, this year’s five Special Recognition Olivier Award recipients were presented with their awards by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. The Special Recognition Awards recognise individuals who have given an outstanding contribution to the theatre industry, often in less recognised areas.

This year’s Special Recognition Award winners are Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre; designer Bob King; previous front-of-house manager and current inclusion and diversity lead Gloria Louis; philanthropist Susie Sainsbury and influential theatre school founder Sylvia Young. Learn more about them and why they were nominated in the article below:

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Julian Bird, Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre and Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards, said:

“The Special Recognition Olivier Awards shine a spotlight on inspirational individuals doing vital work, often behind the scenes, who have been a force for good and helped shape our industry in a wide range of ways.

“The five people we are honouring this year have all inspired generations of colleagues and theatre audiences, been pioneers in their fields and are hugely deserving of this long-due recognition. It is a privilege to celebrate their achievements as part of this year’s Olivier Awards.”

Meet the winners below:


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This year’s Olivier Awards ceremony takes place this Sunday 10 April, and will see performances from a host of the West End’s best shows as well as a list of celebrity presenters and attendees. Find out more about who will be performing and attending this weekend here.

Related Article: Star-studded presenters & performances announced for this year’s Olivier Awards
We're excited to announce some of the stars of stage and screen who will be attending, presenting and performing at this year's ceremony! 

You can still buy tickets to be there on the night and experience the magic of the best of London theatre. Find out more and book below.



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