High glamour, nervous anticipation, bristling excitement; the Olivier Awards with MasterCard are the pinnacle of theatre awards season. The eyes of entertainment fans worldwide fall on the Royal Opera House, where the extraordinary talent on show in London’s theatres over the past year will be celebrated.
But before the dinner jackets and full length gowns come out, before the paparazzi take to the street, before hundreds of fans line the red carpet to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars, comes the more relaxed, personal celebration of the Nominees Lunch.
It’s a time when those who may win on the night come together for a commemorative picture at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, before heading to the Haymarket Hotel for a laid back lunch of champagne and canapés. It’s a chance for them to meet old friends and chat without worrying about interviews and press.
In fact, few people who aren’t nominated see inside the exclusive celebration, which is why we’re so excited to have these images, from before the photoshoot and at the Haymarket Hotel, to share.