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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard

When was the Olivier Awards 2019?

The Olivier Awards took place on Sunday 7 April 2019.

Where did they take place?

The event took place at the Royal Albert Hall.

How can I watch the ceremony?

You can view full highlights of the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard on the Official London Theatre YouTube channel.

Who hosted the ceremony?

Jason Manford hosted the 2019 ceremony.

Was there a Red Carpet Live show?

Yes. The popular Red Carpet Live show can be viewed on the Olivier Awards Facebook page.

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.


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.

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