Friday, 25 March 2016

Details confirmed for 2016 Olivier Awards

Details have been announced for the 2016 Olivier Awards which take place on Sunday 3rd April at the Royal Opera House.

Cyndi Lauper is set to perform both on her own and in a unique collaboration following the seven nominations for Kinky Boots, which features music written by Lauper. Michael Feinstein will also be performing on the night, joining a variety of past winners in a special 40th anniversary segment.

For the first time ever, all eight nominees for Best Musical Revival and Best New Musical will be performing on the Royal Opera House stage. The nominees for Best New Musical are Bend It Like Beckham, In The Heights, Kinky Boots and Mrs Henderson Presents. The nominees for Best Musical Revival are Bugsy Malone, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.

Kit Harington, Amber Riley and the cast of The Maids - Laura Carmichael, Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton will present awards on the nights. Also presenting awards are previous Olivier winners Matthew Bourne, Sharon D. Clarke, Paul Copley, Daniel Evans, Julia McKenzie, Lesley Manville, Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, ZoĆ« Wanamaker and Leigh Zimmerman. As previously announced, Michael Ball is presenting the ceremony.

UPDATE: Also presenting awards are Shirley Bassey, Rob Brydon, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jim Carter, Adam Cooper, Noma Dumezweni, Alfred Enoch, Luke Evans, David Gandy, Emma Hatton, Lenny Henry, Eddie Izzard, Rory Kinnear, Beverley Knight, Juliet Stevenson, Savannah Stevenson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Luke Treadaway and Barbara Windsor.

The 2016 Olivier Awards will be broadcast in the UK on ITV and Mellow Magic (Magic Radio's new digital station). Shortly after the ceremony, extended highlights will be broadcast on ITV 1 at 22:15. The full ceremony will be shown on ITV 3 on Monday 4th April at 23:00. Both broadcasts will be available on the ITV Hub for the following 30 days. Mellow Magic will broadcast the ceremony live.

International audiences will be able to watch the full broadcast of the star-studded ceremony on the Olivier Awards' new YouTube channel from 22:00 (BST) on Sunday 3rd April. (

Musical theatre stars Carrie Hope Fletcher and Michael Xavier will host the ITV Stage in Covent Garden. The shortlisted shows for the Audience Award will be performing and will be live-streamed on the Olivier Awards' YouTube channel. The nominees for the Audience Award are Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Matilda and The Phantom of the Opera.

UPDATE: Michael Xavier has withdrawn from hosting the ITV Stage in Covent Garden due to "unforeseen circumstances". He has been replaced by Daniel Boys.

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