Olivier Awards TV special to air in April with ceremony 'to follow in the autumn'

A special Olivier Awards programme will air this April, it's been announced.

The one-off hour-long broadcast will air on Sunday, April 5 at 10:15PM on ITV.


It will replace the 2020 Royal Albert Hall awards show which was previously cancelled due to coronavirus.

Hosted by Jason Manford, the hour-long ‘Olivier Awards – Greatest Moments’ programme will look back at Olivier Awards ceremonies over the past ten years, with archive footage of performances and speeches, and a celebration of some of the many Olivier Award-winning productions – including Dreamgirls, Hamilton, The Book Of Mormon, Disney’s The Lion King and the RSC’s Matilda The Musical.

Alongside the TV show, the Olivier Awards radio partner Magic Radio will broadcast a special programme from 6pm to 8pm on the same evening, also celebrating the best Olivier Awards moments, alongside a weekend of shows on Magic’s new musical theatre station Magic at the Musicals.

As for the 2020 Olivier Awards ceremony itself, the Society of London Theatre says it intends to announce this year's winners in the autumn, depending on government medical advice, with plans "to be confirmed as soon as is feasible".

> Olivier Awards nominations 2020: Full list of this year's Olivier Awards nominations.

Julian Bird, SOLT Chief Executive and Olivier Awards Executive Producer, said: “Amid unprecedentedly difficult times for our theatre community, we look forward to providing audiences with a unique celebration of the last ten years of incredible, world-leading British theatre honoured at the Olivier Awards, in anticipation of a separate ceremony for this year’s winners in the Autumn.

“We are hugely grateful to our longstanding headline sponsor Mastercard, for their support this year and over the past decade – alongside all our other partners, who we look forward to working with again soon.”