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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard

What was the date of the Olivier Awards?

The Olivier Awards took place on Sunday 8 April 2018.

Where did they take place?

The event took place at the Royal Albert Hall.

How can I watch the ceremony?

The Biggest Night In British Theatre: The Olivier Awards was broadcast on ITV on Sunday 8 April. Clips can be watched from the ceremony on YouTube.

Could members of the public book tickets to attend the ceremony?

Public tickets to the Olivier Awards 2018 ceremony were available, and sold out.

How do I find out who hosted, performed, and presented at the ceremony?

Catherine Tate hosted the ceremony. You can find a full list of performers here, and a full list of presenters here.

Was there a red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall?

Yes. Members of the public were able to line the red carpet to watch all the guests arrive (please see our Red Carpet page for more details). A red carpet show was also broadcast, live on Facebook.

Did the red carpet have a wheelchair accessible area?

Absolutely. Please see the Red Carpet page for more information.

When were the nominations announced?

The nominations were announced by Elaine Paige and Alexandra Burke, live on Facebook on Tuesday 6 March. You can view the list of 2018 nominees (and winners) here.

How else can I see what went on at the Oliviers?

Relive the evening with a sneak peek behind the scenes at theatre’s biggest night by checking out our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

Was there a live event in Covent Garden Piazza?

Unfortunately, due to the move to the Royal Albert Hall, we are unable to host an event in the Covent Garden Piazza.


The Olivier Awards is proud to place respect, in its broadest sense, at the centre of our values. As part of this we have partnered with Time’s Up UK to welcome Time’s Up UK activists and representatives to the ceremony.

We all share two common goals: to lead an industry where respect, by and for everyone, is at the heart of everything we do; and, crucially, to create positive change by increasing diversity, both on and off the stage, inspiring both women and men, people of colour and people of a broad socio-economic background, to be a greater presence and force in the theatre. If theatre is supposed to hold up a mirror to society, then our industry must lead the way.

Rather than wearing black, as the ceremony is about celebrating the theatre in all its technicolour glory, we are offering everyone (audience members, cast and crew alike) a Time’s Up badge. By wearing this badge, they will have chosen to show their support for an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity across all industries, for which we thank them.

To find out more about Time’s Up and for a link to the Justice and Equality Fund, which raises money to support victims of harassment across all sectors, please visit

We look forward to an inspiring evening and to working with all attending to make our world-leading theatre industry even stronger for the future.

General Olivier Awards questions

What are the Olivier Awards with Mastercard?

The Olivier Awards are run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and are the most prestigious theatre awards in the UK. For full information about the awards, see the “About The Awards” section.

Who was Laurence Olivier?

Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was an actor, director and founder of the National Theatre Company. In 1984 Olivier agreed to give his name to the awards. Visit the Laurence Olivier page for a full biography.

How are winners and nominees decided?

The Olivier Awards are judged by four separate panels. For further details visit the “How The Winners Are Chosen” page.

Who is eligible for nomination for an award for 2018?

Any new production that opened between 22 February 2017 and 20 February 2018 in a theatre represented in membership of Society of London Theatre is eligible for consideration for the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, provided it ran for the minimum amount of performance required for that category.

Please see here for a list of eligible productions.

How many awards are there and who is nominated?

The awards include 26 categories, although they are not all given each year: 21 for theatre, two for opera, two for dance, one for productions presented by SOLT’s (Society of London Theatre) Affiliate members. Society of London Theatre also presents the Special Award.

Where can I find out about previous years’ Olivier Awards?

Visit the Previous Winners page for information on all winners and nominees since the awards began.

What does an Olivier Award look like?

The bronze statue portrays a young Laurence Olivier as Henry V at the Old Vic in 1937. It was commissioned by SOLT from the sculptor Harry Franchetti and weighs 1.6kg.

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