Vanessa Redgrave to appear at Oliviers

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Thu 24 Mar 2016 19:47
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Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson and Lesley Manville will be among the esteemed former Olivier Award winners taking to the stage as part of April’s much anticipated Olivier Awards with MasterCard.

With under two weeks to go until the 40th anniversary ceremony takes place on 3 April at the Royal Opera House, the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards has released further details about just some of the world renowned talent attending this year’s star-studded event and the ways in which the public can tune in.

Joining Redgrave, Stevenson and Manville are fellow Olivier Award winners Matthew Bourne, Sharon D. Clarke, Paul Copley, Daniel Evans, Julia McKenzie, Zoë Wanamaker and Leigh Zimmerman, all of whom will play a part in a ceremony that promises to be packed with surprises.

As previously announced, this year will offer more ways than ever for theatre fans to tune into the ceremony on television, radio and online.

Those wanting to watch the ceremony live in full can head to Covent Garden Piazza where it will be relayed on big screens at the ITV Stage following an afternoon of live performances from nominated shows and special guests. UK audiences can also watch extended highlights shortly after the ceremony on ITV1 at 22:15 or in full a day later on Monday 4 April on ITV3. Both broadcasts will be available on the ITV Hub for the following 30 days.

As well as the televised options, the public can also listen to the ceremony broadcast live on radio station Mellow Magic. The new spin off station from Magic Radio is also broadcasting a special four part documentary celebrating 40 years of the Olivier Awards narrated by three-time Olivier Award winner and one of this year’s Best Actress in a Musical nominees Imelda Staunton.

For audiences outside the UK, the Olivier Awards new YouTube channel will broadcast the full ceremony at 22:00 (BST) on Sunday 3 April.

This year’s event promises to a once in a lifetime celebration of London theatre and the now four decades old awards, packed with award-winning performances and special guests. Head to to see the full list of this year’s nominees.