Wednesday, March 29

Gary Barlow, Amber Riley, Tim Minchin, Audra McDonald and School of Rock among performers at this year's Olivier Awards

The Olivier Awards Broadcast Date has been announced on ITV on Tuesday 11th April from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. It will be hosted by hosted by Jason Manford with performances from a variety of Olivier-nominated musicals. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth will open the show with the cast of The Girls. Amber Riley will perform the show-stopping And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls. Tim Minchin will  represent Groundhog Day, which has just started previewing on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber fans can see  a performance from the cast of School Of Rock plus  a performance from Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which is set to return this summer.

Additionally, there will be an exclusive performance from Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes, nominated for Best Entertainment and Family which is currently on tour across the UK. Broadway legend and six-time Tony Award-winner, Audra McDonald who is soon to open in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill , will perform accompanied by the Olivier Awards' orchestra during the show's In Memoriam section.

The many guest presenters for the awards will be announced over the coming weeks.

It will broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on Facebook. The awards ceremony will also stream to China for the first time ever via YouKu.

Magic Radio will be broadcasting the entire show live on Sunday 9th April, hosted by Alice Arnold and Olivier Award-winner Ruthie Henshall, with build-up on air from 5:30pm. Sirius XM will broadcast the show via radio in the US.

As previously announced, a new Red Carpet Live show debuts this year from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, hosted by Anita Rani, Jamie Lambert and Frank DiLella, exclusively on Facebook.

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