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Michael Ball, Katie Brayben, John Dagleish and More to Perform in 'The Oliviers In Concert' With BBC Orchestra, Jan. 25


Previous Olivier Award winners Michael Ball, Katie Brayben, John Dagleish, Elaine Paige and Clive Rowe are the latest performers to join the star-studded cast in The Oliviers In Concert, with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

They will join previously announced award-winning cast members Daniel Evans and performer/director Maria Friedman. More artists will be announced in the New Year.

The concert will be staged by artists Maria Friedman and Tim Jackson. The company will perform a selection of songs from celebrated musicals accompanied by the 70-strong BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart, alongside a 100-strong choir comprising of students from Arts Educational Schools London. The BBC Concert Orchestra will also be performing at the 2016 Olivier Awards ceremony, taking place in April.

The BBC Concert Orchestra are renowned for their work as one of the UK's most versatile orchestras, featuring regularly on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, the world's longest-running live orchestral music programme.

Presented by the Society of London Theatre, the Olivier Awards were established in 1976 and have subsequently become one of the most respected theatre awards in the UK. Many of the world's best loved performers and theatre makers have received an Olivier Award in previous years, with past recipients including actors Judi Dench, Angela Lansbury, Kevin Spacey and Mark Strong, and writers and theatrical legends Peter Hall, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joan Littlewood and Gillian Lynne.

Director of the Oliviers In Concert, Maria Friedman said: "It's a real thrill to be working with such a talented cast of musical theatre legends and an absolute treat to be joined on stage by the wonderful BBC Concert Orchestra. The Olivier Awards have always been a chance to honour the best talent working on the West End stage - so there's no better way to celebrate the 40th birthday than by bringing together an all-star cast of former award winners."

A household name in the West End, Michael Ball is no stranger to the Olivier Awards, having won the Award for Best Actor in a Musical twice - in 2008 for his role as Edna Turnblad in the original West End production of Hairspray; and in 2013 for his performance as Sweeney Todd in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's popular show of the same name.

Katie Brayben has just completed a run playing the lead role in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - a role that earned Katie her first Olivier Award in 2015, for Best Actress in a Musical.

John Dagleish won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2015, for his performance in Sunny Afternoon, based on the music of The Kinks.

Daniel Evans has picked up two Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, both for productions of Sondheim musicals - the first in 2001 for the original London production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and another in 2007 for Sunday In The Park With George.

Maria Friedman made her directing debut in 2012 with the Menier Chocolate Factory's Olivier Award-winning production of Merrily We Roll Along; and has since led a critically acclaimed production of High Society at The Old Vic. She is also a three-time Olivier Award winner, including winning two awards for Best Actress in a Musical - in 1997 for her performance in Passion, and in 2004 for playing Mother in Ragtime.

Elaine Paige won an Olivier Award in 1978 for Performance of the Year in a Musical, for playing Eva Perón in Evita; and has since had a thriving career in the West End, appearing in shows including Grease, Chess, Cats, Anything Goes and Sunset Boulevard. Elaine Paige on Sunday is broadcast every Sunday from 1-3pm on BBC Radio 2, celebrating the best music from Hollywood, Broadway and West End productions.

Clive Rowe won an Olivier Award in 1997 for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the National Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls. One of his best known roles since was playing Duke in the CBBC drama The Story of Tracy Beaker.

To book tickets, visit or call the Southbank Centre box office on 0207 960 4200.

The Oliviers In Concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of Radio 3 In Concert, and will be available afterwards for 30 days via BBC iPlayer Radio.

To mark the occasion of this gala concert, the BBC Concert Orchestra, in partnership with the BBC Singers and Southbank Centre, will also be putting together a Family Orchestra & Chorus in January, exploring best-loved musical theatre of the past four decades. Families will have the opportunity to take part in workshops at the world-famous BBC Broadcasting House, before performing in public in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre on Monday 25th January. To find out more information and to book your place, visit (Everyone over the age of 8 is welcome, but under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to every session. All places for children must be booked before Monday 14 December).

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