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11 incredible facts about the Olivier Awards

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11 incredible facts about the Olivier Awards

Since 1976, London theatre has been celebrated at the Olivier Awards, an annual ceremony awarding the best plays, musicals, dance productions and operas over the 12 months prior. Originally known as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, hundreds of shows have been shortlisted, as well as actors who have been recognised for their performances, as well as a ‘special’ Olivier Award given to an exemplary performer or creative with a long career in theatre.

With nominations for the 2019 Olivier Awards recently announced, take a look back at the history of the award ceremony. From its inception in the 1970s to the present day, read about record-breaking productions, multi-awarded performers and different categories which have been awarded over the years.

Wanting to head to an Olivier-nominated show? We’ve got the entire list of shows nominated here so you can head to one of the best productions currently in the West End.

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