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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard

When is the Olivier Awards?

The Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday 7 April 2019.

Where will it take place?

The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall.

How can I watch the ceremony?

The Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard will be broadcast on ITV on Sunday 7 April following the conclusion of the ceremony. The full ceremony will be broadcast live on Magic Radio, the Official Radio Partner, hosted from the Royal Albert Hall by Ruthie Henshall and Alice Arnold.

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

Public tickets to the Olivier Awards 2019 ceremony are available on

How do I find out who will host, perform, and present at the ceremony?

Jason Manford will host this year’s ceremony. Performers and presenters for the ceremony have been announced.

Will there be a Red Carpet Live show this year?

Yes. The popular Red Carpet Live show returns to the Olivier Awards Facebook page from 4pm to 5.30pm. Hosts for the show will be announced at a later date.

Is there a red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall?

Yes. Members of the public are able to line the red carpet to watch all the guests arrive (please see our Red Carpet page for more details).

Does 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 on Tuesday 5 March by last year’s winners, Sheila Atim and Giles Terera, live on the Olivier Awards page. You can still rewatch the nominations announcement.

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

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes at theatre’s biggest night by checking out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages on the night.

Will there be 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.

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 2019?

Any new production that opened between 21 February 2018 and 19 February 2019 in a theatre represented in membership of Society of London Theatre is eligible for consideration for the Olivier Awards 2019 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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