Tuesday, March 29

Details of Olivier Awards coverage on Sunday

The Olivier Awards 2016 have announced the details for this year's ceremony broadcast, including the first wave of presenters.

The awards (celebrating their 40th anniversary) take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 3rd April hosted by Michael Ball.

Guests  include past Olivier winners Matthew Bourne, Sharon D. Clarke, Paul Copley, Daniel Evans, Julia McKenzie, Lesley Manville, Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, ZoĆ« Wanamaker, Leigh Zimmerman and Dame Shirley Bassey. Also in the line up of presenters,  will be  DREAMGIRLS star Amber Riley and GAME OF THRONES and soon-to-be DOCTOR FAUSTUS star Kit Harington. The evening will also feature a  performance by KINKY BOOTS Tony winner Cyndi Lauper who will duet with   Michael Ball.

There is an exclusive  performance by Jack Savoretti to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death inspired by the 2002 album When Loves Speaks: a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets interpreted in spoken word and song which was co-curated by Alan Rickman. Savoretti’s performance of Sonnet 18, widely known for its opening line ‘Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?’, will be introduced by two-time Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear – the last person to win an Oliver Award for a Shakespeare role. Many of the album’s contributors are past Olivier Award winners including Juliet Stevenson, who will be presenting an award at the ceremony, and 2016 nominees Kenneth Branagh and Imelda Staunton.

Extended highlights will be broadcast shortly after the ceremony on ITV 1 at 22:15. The full ceremony will be shown on ITV3 on Monday 4th April at 23:00. (Both broadcasts available on the ITV Hub for the following 30 days).  Those wanting to watch the ceremony live in full can head to Covent Garden Piazza where it will be relayed on big screens on  the ITV Stage following an afternoon of live performances from nominated shows and special guests

The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Mellow Magic, Magic Radio's new spin-off station who are also broadcasting a special four-part documentary celebrating 40 years of the Olivier Awards which is narrated by three-time award-winner Imelda Staunton.

International audiences  can watch the full broadcast on the Olivier Awards new YouTube channel from 22:00 (BST) on Sunday 3 April.

Will post any more information as soon as it is announced.

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