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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard

When are the Olivier Awards 2020?

The Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday 5 April 2020.

Where will they take place?

The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall.

How can I watch the ceremony?

You can experience the Olivier Awards live at the Royal Albert Hall by purchasing tickets exclusively with Mastercard at priceless.com.

You can watch the Olivier Awards on the night on ITV, and keep up with highlights on our social media.

Who will be hosting?

Jason Manford will be back again to host the Olivier Awards 2020.

Will there be public access to the Red Carpet?

Details for public access to the Red Carpet, including accessible spaces, will be available on the Olivier Awards 2020 page from mid-March.

Will there be a Red Carpet Live show?

Yes. The popular Red Carpet Live show will be back this year! Last year’s highlights can be viewed on the Olivier Awards Facebook page.

When will the nominations be announced?

The nominations will be announced on Tuesday 3 March.

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 2020?

Any new production that opened between 20 February 2019 and 18 February 2020 in a theatre represented in membership of Society of London Theatre is eligible for consideration for the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard, provided it ran for the minimum amount of performance required for that category.

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.

If there is anything you would like to know not covered on this page, please email awards@soltukt.co.uk


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