Thursday, April 2

Performers and Coverage of the Olivier Awards

This year's  Olivier Awards will be held on Sunday 12th  April at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden  with full highlights  broadcast on ITV from 22:15 that evening. Lenny Henry will host proceedings with voice over by Julie Walters.

Guest presenters on the night include Dianna Agron, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Carmichael, Lauren Cuthbertson, Dame Judi Dench, Anne-Marie Duff, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emilia Fox, Adam Garcia, David Harewood, Pixie Lott, Lorna Luft, James Norton, Claire Sweeney, Catherine Tate, Russell Tovey and Michael Urie, with more special guests on the night.

The evening will feature exclusive performances from the  four nominated productions in the MasterCard Best New Musical category. Best Actress in a Musical nominees Katie Brayben and Beverley Knight will each perform a number from their multi-Olivier nominated shows, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Memphis The Musical. The cast of Sunny Afternoon will perform a medley of much-loved Kinks songs, and for Here Lies Love there will be an exclusive performance by leading lady Natalie Mendoza and Talking Heads' David Byrne, who co-created the show with Fatboy Slim. The pair share their own nomination in the Outstanding Achievement in Music category.

There will also be performances from the Magic Radio Best Musical Revival nominated productions, City Of Angels, The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess, Miss Saigon and Cats when  Olivier nominee Nicole Scherzinger sing  Memory.

The special finale performance will not be revealed until the night of the ceremony.

Members of the public can watch the stars arrive on the red carpet at the Royal Opera House from 17:00. This year's list of Olivier nominees include Gillian Anderson, Richard Armitage, Gemma Arterton, James McAvoy, Tamsin Greig, Beverley Knight, Dame Angela Lansbury, Mark Strong, Nicole Scherzinger, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas and Penelope Wilton.

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