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Monica Mason to receive special award at Oliviers

Director of The Royal Ballet to receive award in recognition of influential career.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

10 April 2012 at 11.35am | 3 Comments

Monica Mason is to receive a special award at this year’s Olivier Awards, to be held on 15 April at the Royal Opera House.

The Director of The Royal Ballet receives the award in recognition for her huge influence on theatre and the arts over the course of her career.

Monica retires as Director of The Royal Ballet this summer, to be succeeded by Kevin O’Hare. In a career that has spanned half a century with the company, she has worked as both a dancer and in an administrative capacity. 

The South African dancer joined The Royal Ballet in 1958 as the youngest member of the corps de ballet before rising to the rank of Principal, acclaimed for her interpretations of major roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. She also famously created the demanding role of the Chosen Maiden in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring.  On retiring from dancing, she joined the Company’s administrative staff, becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 2002.

Her career is the focus of the current Royal Opera House Collections exhibition.

The awards ceremony will be relayed live to big screens in the Covent Garden piazza as well as being broadcast online on the Olivier Awards website, Red Button service and BBC Radio 2. Coverage starts at 5.30pm on Sunday 15 April.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

10 April 2012 at 11.35am

This article has been categorised Awards, Ballet and tagged award, Laurence Olivier Awards, Monica Mason, Olivier awards

This article has 3 comments

  1. Carol Lee responded on 10 April 2012 at 12:49pm Reply

    Quite right too. She has had an enormous influence on the Royal Ballet's success and an incredible career. Well done to her.

  2. Iain Hill responded on 10 April 2012 at 4:40pm Reply

    Long deserved. Could this lead to reissue of performances on dvd?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 10 April 2012 at 5:56pm

      We are not aware of any pending DVD releases at the moment.

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