Olivier Awards to be broadcast live on Radio 2 and online

Radio 2 listeners will be able to hear a special two hour programme, with exclusive interviews and reactions from the winners of the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award ceremony.

The radio show, broadcast live from Grosvenor House Hotel where the awards are taking place, will be presented by the station's Paul Gambaccini, from 8pm until 10pm on Sunday 21st March.

The actual awards ceremony will be hosted by actor Anthony Head, who is currently starring in Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic Theatre.

2009 was an outstanding year for drama in London theatre and new plays and revivals of classics lead the pack in the nominations for the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Lucy Prebble's Enron and Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem have six nominations each and an unprecedented six productions being nominated for the Best Revival category including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Misanthrope and A Streetcar Named Desire.

The 25 categories span theatre, dance and opera and each award will be hotly contested.  Nominees include: Melanie C, Mackenzie Crook, James Earl Jones, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, James McAvoy, Mark Rylance, Rachel Stirling, Rachel Weisz, Samuel West and Ruth Wilson.

In another first, the awards will be streamed live via the Laurence Olivier Awards website.  Theatre, dance and opera lovers will be able to watch the winners and performances as and when they happen by logging on to www.olivierawards.co.uk from 6.30pm on 21 March.

Voting for the Audience Award for Most Popular Show, the only award voted entirely by the public, will close on 17 March.  The five shows on the shortlist can be voted for at www.olivierawards.co.uk

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