Oliviers to stage Shakespeare tribute

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Mon 28 Mar 2016 10:36
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Rising star Jack Savoretti will perform a tribute to William Shakespeare inspired by Alan Rickman’s When Love Speaks at the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

When Love Speaks, a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets interpreted in spoken word and song, was co-created by the late Rickman. Recording artist Savoretti, who recently sold out a forthcoming appearance at Somerset House, will perform Sonnet 18, Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day.

In a fitting tribute to the Bard, former Best Actor Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear – the last person to win an Olivier Award for a role in a Shakespeare production – will introduce the singer and also pay tribute to the much-loved actor Rickman, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 69.

The Harry Potter star collected an illustrious list of performers to appear on When Love Speaks when it was created in 2002, many of whom will be in attendance at the awards on 3 April including past Olivier Award winner and 2016 presenter Juliet Stevenson and two of this year’s nominees, Kenneth Branagh and Imelda Staunton.

Branagh and Staunton will be among the many nominees waiting with bated breath to hear if their names will be called at the 40th anniversary ceremony, which will once again be held at the Royal Opera House.

The public will be able to watch a live stream of events at our Covent Garden Piazza event, listen live on Mellow Magic or catch extended highlights of the show on ITV at 22:15.