The delayed Oivier Awards, which were due to take place earlier this year, will now go ahead in a special ceremony on October 25th.
The winners will be unveiled in a digital broadcast on both ITV and Magic FM. The ceremony will be filmed in the London Palladium and feature unique performances and interviews, filmed next month ahead of the broadcast. The show will be hosted by Jason Manford.
The main show will be broadcast on ITV with a special pre-show broadcast on Official London Theatre's YouTube channel showing winners from categories not being presented on air.
It has also been announced that the 2021 Awards are unlikely to go ahead, given the ongoing pandemic and absence of nominees. It has also committed to investigate the set-up of the awards and "ensure all aspects of diversity and inclusion are considered".
Julian Bird, chief executive of Society of London Theatre and executive producer of the Olivier Awards, said: "We are excited to be able to honour this year's nominees and winners during a very difficult time for our industry, and demonstrate the outstanding talent we have in our theatre sector in the UK. Coming together to celebrate their achievements feels more poignant now than ever before as we all fight collectively to save our theatre industry. I hope that everyone working in, or simply missing the theatre, will join us on the 25 October to celebrate last year's achievements and remain hopeful for our future".
Nominess for the 2020 ceremony include &Juliet, Dear Evan Hansen, Mary Poppins and Waitress. It's great that these amazing shows can finally get the chance to win the awards they so clearly deserve. After all these months, a good bet is that Sam Tutty will finally get the best actor Olivier award.