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Olivier Awards 2019: how to watch, dates, times, broadcast - everything you need to know

This year's Olivier Awards are on the horizon

The Olivier Awards

The most glamorous date in the UK's theatre calendar is almost upon us. The Olivier Awards see the great and the good of theatreland being recognised for their sterling work throughout the year. Here's a break down of everything you need to know about this year's ceremony.


When, where and what time?

The Olivier Awards will take place Sunday 7 April, at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony starts promptly at 6pm and finishes at 9pm.

Jason Manford will be hosting this year
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Is there a red carpet?

Yes. The red carpet opens at 4pm and closes at 5.30pm.


Where can I watch it live?

The short answer to that is, if you're not there, then you can't watch the magic as it happens. But you will be able to hear it being broadcast live on Magic Radio. WhatsOnStage will be live tweeting all the action from the red carpet and the ceremony, so you can follow us at @WhatsOnStage for up to the minute news. We'll also be on Instagram throughout the evening too, so stay tuned there at @WhatsOnStage.


Is it being broadcast?

Yes. It will be broadcast on ITV after the end of the ceremony, with an exact time TBC.


Who is hosting?

This year comedian Jason Manford returns as your host for the evening. He's gearing up for his appearance in Curtains in October in Bromley and we're hoping he'll bring some song and dance pizzazz to proceedings.


Who is presenting?

Who isn't presenting? This year it's a diamond year, with the likes of the Duchess of Cornwall, Jack McBrayer, Katharine McPhee, Ruthie Henshall, Harriet Scott, the Mamma Mia! 'Dynamos', Jade Anouka, Ncuti Gatwa, Thea Sharrock, Wunmi Mosaku, Arthur Darvill, Beverley Knight, Danielle de Niese, Layton Williams, Pasek and Paul and Shane Richie all presenting awards. Read the full list here.


Olivier Award nominees Sharon D Clarke, Ian McKellen, Sophie Okonedo, Gillian Anderson, Arinzé Kene and Ken Watanabe
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Who else is coming?

Many people! But key appearances include Tom Hiddleston, Danny Dyer, Sally Field, Paapa Essiedu, Gloria Estefan, Judy Kuhn, Wendell Pierce, Bill Pullman, Art Malik, Andy Nyman, Kelsey Grammer, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox, Ashley Shaw, Joanne Clifton and Kevin Clifton. It will be glitzy, rest assured.


Will there be performances.

Of course! You can expect snippets from The Lion King, as well as a number of award-nominated shows including Caroline, Or Change, Come From Away, Company, Fun Home, The King And I, Six and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.


Who is nominated?

The nominees were this year announced by Giles Terera and Sheila Atim via Facebook Live and they include nine noms for Company and Come From Away and an 11th Olivier Award nomination for Ian McKellen for his King Lear. The Lehman Trilogy received five nods, as did the recent revival of Summer and Smoke which originally ran at the Almeida. Stars nominated include Patti LuPone, Richard Fleeshman, Jonathan Bailey, Arinzé Kene, David Suchet and Gillian Anderson. Read the full list of nominees here.


Watch our interviews with the Olivier Award nominees here