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The Oliviers Return To The Big Stage

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Posted: 11/27/10 at 12:23am
The Society Of West End Theatres has confirmed that the 2011 Lawrence Olivier Awards will be staged at the home it has had on a number of occasions, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Let speculation begin as to weather they will produced and presented for a major TV slot.
Its what most people want, a presentation similar to Broadways Tony Awards.
Updated On: 11/27/10 at 12:23 AM
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 8:23am
Some decent TV exposure for the event is long overdue
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 8:50am
Amen!
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 10:41am
Am I the only person who does not long for TV exposure???
I cant imagine anything worse than this accurate and meaningful award ceremony getting turned into the annual publicity sham that is the Tony Awards.
Do a live online stream again so us who really want to watch the ceremony can, but I dont think this belongs on TV
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 12:34pm
Interesting thoughts Con.
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 1:26pm
Are tickets available to the public?
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 2:50pm
Awards ceromonies are a sham if they are on TV or not.
The reason why it would be good to have it back on TV is that shows that are not based on a.... can have a slot to a TV audience opening the show up to audiences who may have ignored it otherwise.
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 3:05pm
I do hope it's on TV, how do people get the pleasure of the ceremony otherwise......unless they pay about £200 to attend the ceremony
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Posted: 11/27/10 at 4:54pm
Admittedly the Tony Awards can be something of a cattle market as can all award shows but the exposure that the TV broadcast gives to theatre is priceless. West End theatre will certainly benefit from a TV broadcast so hopefully the fact that it's moving back to a theatre venue does mean that a TV deal is being negotiated.

As for Olivier Awards compared to the Tony Awards, I don't think they are in any way more "accurate and meaningful". There was nothing "accurate and meaningful" in handing out awards to the overtly commercial Hairspray and Michael Ball over the far more genuinely artistic Parade and the amazing Bertie Carvill.
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Posted: 11/28/10 at 6:29am
The 35th edition of the awards will be staged at Drury Lane on March 13, 2011. It will mark the third time the event has been held at the theatre, but the first time in more than 20 years.

SOLT president Nica Burns commented: “We are thrilled that the Oliviers are back in such a beautiful and historic theatre, which is symbolic of the central part that theatre has played in the life of the capital since Shakespeare’s day. When all seems doom and gloom, London’s theatre goes from strength to strength. I am delighted that the BBC is giving the awards the major coverage they truly deserve. British theatre is the envy of the world and we expect the 2011 awards to be a triumph.”

The awards began in 1976 as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, becoming the Laurence Olivier Awards in 1984. Over the past 34 years, the ceremony has taken place in numerous locations, including many London theatres such as the National’s Olivier Theatre, the Lyceum Theatre, the Victoria Palace and the London Palladium. More recently, it has been held in hotels such as the Grosevnor House and The Park Lane Hilton.

Meanwhile, SOLT has also announced that the event, which used to be televised after the event on BBC2, will next year receive “extensive coverage on BBC News on TV, radio and online.”
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Posted: 11/28/10 at 9:16am
Even if it's only edited coverage I'll be pleased to see it.
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Posted: 11/29/10 at 1:22pm
Shamefully I love watching the Tony's. And to be fair, you hardly get the MTV crowd watching the Tony awards. As far as I'm aware, they're still viewed by a very selective audience.
Ok, this year may have been an exception, what with Glee plaguing the ceremony, still, an enjoyable ceremony for me. Have always longed to see the Olivier awards presented in a similar manner.
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Posted: 11/29/10 at 2:08pm
Only a niche market would watch theatre awards on television.
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Posted: 11/29/10 at 4:16pm
I would have thought there's a space on BBC4 at least, to support the Oliviers
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Posted: 12/1/10 at 5:42pm
This will just be the same TV problem that goes on with the Tonys every year. However, the only difference will be that it wil be in London rather than on Broadway.
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