30 January 2013 at 5.07pm | Comment on this article
The Olivier Awards, Britain's most prestigious theatre honours, are to return to the Royal Opera House on 28 April 2013.
Now in their 37th year, the awards will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 with highlights on ITV shortly after the ceremony ends. As well as being available on TV and radio, big screens in Covent Garden Piazza will relay the ceremony to the theatre-loving public. Proceedings will feature performances from some of the nominated musicals, tributes to award winners, and some very special guests.
Nominations will be announced on 26 March with one award - the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for the Most Popular Show - decided by the public. Voting for this award is now open on the Olivier Awards website.
MasterCard holders can attend the ceremony itself, with a limited number of Amphitheatre tickets for sale online.
Details of this year's ceremony follow the release of last year's Box Office figures from the Society of London Theatre showing that despite unique factors affecting theatre-going in 2012 such as the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, attendances remained high, slightly up on 2011. Gross sales across London theatres rose to £529 million, generating £88 million in VAT for the Treasury.
For next year's 2014 ceremony, the Olivier Awards are looking for public members of the judging panel, in particular for the Opera and Dance categories. To apply, fill in the online application form stating which shows you've seen over the past year, and including a 150-word review of one of them. The deadline for applications is 5 February 2013.
Which show or performer do you think will do well at this year's Olivier Awards?