Laurence Olivier Award

award to recognise excellence in professional theatre

The Laurence Olivier Awards, or simply the Olivier Awards, are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognise excellence in professional theatre in London at an annual ceremony in the capital. The awards were originally known as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, but they were renamed in honour of the British actor Laurence Olivier in 1984. The awards are given to individuals involved in West End productions and other leading non-commercial theatres based in London across a range of categories covering plays, musicals, dance, opera and affiliate theatre. A discretionary non-competitive Special Olivier Award is also given each year. The Olivier Awards are recognised internationally as the highest honour in British theatre, equivalent to the BAFTA Awards for film and television, and the BRIT Awards for music. The Olivier Awards are considered equivalent to Broadway's Tony Awards and France's Molière Award. Since its inception, the awards have been held at various venues and theatres across London, from 2012-2016 at the Royal Opera House, before moving to the Royal Albert Hall in 2017. Television coverage is broadcast in prime time on ITV, who acquired the rights from 2013 onwards with radio coverage by Magic Radio.
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award received: Laurence Olivier Award

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Author

Michael Frayn

British writer

works

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Copenhagen

play by Michael Frayn

author: Michael Frayn

1998

Spies

novel by Michael Frayn

author: Michael Frayn

2002

Headlong

novel by Michael Frayn

author: Michael Frayn

1999

Skios

novel by Michael Frayn

author: Michael Frayn

2012

Democracy

play by Michael Frayn

author: Michael Frayn

2003

Author

Stephen Sondheim cover

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Stephen Sondheim

American composer and lyricist

Author

Tim Rice

British lyricist and author

Author

Andrew Lloyd Webber

English composer and impresario of musical theatre

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