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15/04/2012

Duration:
4 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 April 2012

Ken Bruce is live at London's Royal Opera House, for the Olivier Awards as BBC Radio 2 brings the glamour and excitement of the biggest night in the British theatre calendar to the airwaves. He is joined by Anneka Rice, who's on the red carpet, interviewing the stars as they arrive.

Critically-acclaimed Sweeney Todd stars, Imelda Staunton and Radio 2's own Michael Ball, host the 36th Laurence Olivier Awards, which celebrate performance, direction, choreography and technical achievements across theatre, musical theatre, opera and dance.

The RSC's Matilda The Musical leads this year's shortlist, with nominations in ten categories; while The National Theatre lead the way for plays with an impressive 15 nominations, including recognition for hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, musical London Road, and Danny Boyle's Frankenstein.

This year also sees the return of the Audience Award for the Most Popular Show, decided entirely by members of the public and presented by Radio 2. Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables and Wicked are the four shows that have made it onto the shortlist, as announced on the Elaine Paige Show back in February.

And another Radio 2 regular, Sir Tim Rice, will receive the Special Award in recognition of a career which has seen him win Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and Grammy Awards, been recognised with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame.

This year's ceremony will also include performances from the casts of Matilda, Singing In The Rain, South Pacific, Ghost, Betty Blue Eyes, The Wizard of Oz. London Road, Shrek the Musical and more, performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for We Will Rock You London Cast

    We Will Rock You London Cast Bohemian Rhapsody

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Artist: Brian May Artist: Arts Ed Choir

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell I'm Outta Here (Ghost)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Naughty (Matilda)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Nobody (Betty Blue Eyes)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Freak Flag (Shrek)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Elipse (Movement 4 from Limen)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Our Love Is Here To Stay

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Good Morning (Singin' In The Rain)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell I Got Rhythm (Crazy For You)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell There Is Nothing Like A Dame

    Artist: Original London Cast

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell No Matter What

    Artist: Ronan Keating

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell I'll Never Fall In Love Again

    Artist: Ronan Keating / Kimberley Walsh

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell I Know Him So Well (From "Chess")

    Artist: Maria Friedman/Siobhan Mccarthy

  • Image for T.V. Carpio

    T.V. Carpio CIRCLE OF LIFE (The Lion King)

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra Cb David Charles Abell

  • Image for BBC C. Orch cb: David Charles Abell

    BBC C. Orch cb: David Charles Abell Lawrence Olivier Awards 2012 Stings

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