The Olivier Awards are internationally renowned as the highest honor in British theatre. Established in 1976 by the London Theatre Society, these awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in London's professional theatre. Equivalent to the BAFTA film and television awards and the BRIT awards for music, the Olivier Awards are a great way to recognize outstanding performances in London's professional theatre scene. The awards were designed by artist Tom Merrifield and are named after British actor Laurence Olivier, who gave his consent for them to be renamed in his honor. Prizes are awarded to people participating in West End productions and other major non-commercial London-based theatres, in a variety of categories including plays, musicals, dance, opera and affiliated theatre. The London Theatre Society (SOLT) is the official theatre of London and is a not-for-profit organization that represents the theatre industry.
SOLT also organizes the Olivier Awards, West End LIVE, TKTS, Theater Tokens, Kids Week and The Official London Theatre Sale. One of the most successful musicals to win an Olivier Award is Come From Away. This musical has won several Oliver Awards and is now touring. It is a great example of how the Olivier Awards can recognize excellence in all aspects of theatre production. So if you're looking for a way to recognize your favorite musicals or plays that have been performed in London, look no further than the Olivier Awards. They are a prestigious award that celebrates excellence in all aspects of theatre production.