A brief history of the Olivier Awards

Due to the pandemic, the Olivier Awards were forced to cancel their usual April results ceremony. However, winners will now be announced on Sunday, 25 October in a special programme broadcast on ITV – also featuring pre-filmed interviews and performances from some of the nominated shows, all shot at the London Palladium. It’s a chance to champion the industry in these difficult times, and to get a glimpse of those amazing productions. To celebrate, we’re looking back at some of the key events in Oliviers history!

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Wait For Me

Wouldn’t it be nice to know we’ve got a heavenly guide looking out for us? If ever we needed divine intervention, it’s surely 2020. Anyhow, that’s the premise of this new dance musical: two angels must unite human soulmates Emma and Jack in order to resume their eternal bliss together.

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The Silent Burn Project, Akram Khan Company Online

It’s a strange time to mark an anniversary, suspended as we are in this indefinite limbo. Nevertheless, Akram Khan Company celebrated its 20th on Sunday with a three-hour live stream.

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Draw From Within, Rambert Online

As we’re still awaiting the go-ahead for full audiences back in theatres, this Rambert world premiere is streamed, but performed – and watched – live. And though we’ve had many gems from the archive lately, it is particularly thrilling to witness the birth of something new.

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Theatre in crisis: ‘British culture is world-beating – why leave us behind?’

The Government’s new jobs plan has been met with despair – and fury – from many in the arts world. “Theatre has been viable for thousands of years,” points out leading producer Sonia Friedman. “Yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor that our industry is not viable (whatever that means) represents an almighty blow and is, frankly, a huge insult to the theatre industry, one of this country’s most financially successful and emotionally essential sectors.”

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UK arts leaders in despair: ‘By the time we’re allowed to reopen, we may be too decimated to do so’

Just weeks ago, Oliver Dowden announced Operation Sleeping Beauty – the panto-styled aim to get our beleaguered cultural venues refilling by Christmas. But, following the Prime Minister’s unveiling of strict new Covid-19 guidelines, it now looks like the sector will be left slumbering for at least another six months – and Rishi Sunak’s winter economic aid, announced today, has failed to give it a wake-up call.

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BWW Interview: Opera Holland Park’s James Clutton

The Director of Opera at OHP talks mounting concerts with Covid safety measures, why opera is for all, and plans for 2021.

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Private Lives, Zoom

Back in June, Lockdown Theatre raised £35,000 for the Royal Theatrical Fund with A Bit of Waiting for Godot, starring RTF president Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin and Joanna Lumley. Their second outing, on Sunday, was Act I of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, with Lindsay joined by Emma Thompson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.

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What socially distanced theatre looks like: Actors share their experience

Theatres are slowly starting to reopen in the UK, with social distancing policies in place. Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and new musical Sleepless: A Musical Romance at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre are two currently running shows going to great lengths to keep audience members safe . But what does social distancing look like behind the scenes for the actors and crew?

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Katherine Ryan interview

I spoke to the comedian about her stand-up, podcast and new Netflix series The Duchess.

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