To mark its third year on air at Resonance 104.4fm, and to celebrate the Olivier Awards 2015, The Curtain Up Show will broadcast live from The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue on Friday 10th April from 4.00pm – 5.30pm.
In front of an invited audience of industry professionals and theatre fans, Tim McArthur will be chatting to some of this year’s nominees, and finding out what this prestigious honour means to them, just two days before the big event!
Olivier nominated performers set to guest include Ian McIntosh and Lorna Want from Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, Haydn Gwynne from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre, along with fellow cast member Willemijn Verkaik.
Leading theatre critics Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock, who this year launched the Also Recognised Awards via MyTheatreMates.com, will be sharing their predictions for this year’s Olivier Awards.
Theatre fans can win pairs of studio audience tickets by following Facebook and Twitter feeds for The Curtain Up Show, The Theatre Cafe, or any of the musicals set to feature in the broadcast.
The Curtain Up Show
The Curtain Up Show is a weekly theatre chat show hosted by Tim McArthur on Resonance 104.4fm. It airs every Friday at 4.00pm, and is repeated every Sunday at 11.00am.
Listeners can tune in on radio to 104.4fm, or online at resonancefm.com/listen
Podcasts of each episode of The Curtain Up Show are available via mixcloud.com/curtainupshow
The Theatre Cafe
The Theatre Cafe is London’s first ever theatre‑themed coffee shop! Situated in the heart of theatreland on Shaftesbury Avenue the coffee shop is the ideal place to come and immersed in all things theatrical. The perfect place to see all whats playing in the West End, you can buy tickets in a relaxed atmosphere and find the right show for you!
Judi Dench, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Angela Lansbury will be among the star-studded line-up of theatrical talent handing out London theatre’s most coveted prizes at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard.
The world-renowned stage and screen performers join host Lenny Henry, who will preside over the glorious celebration of London theatre on 12 April at the Royal Opera House.
Guests on the night, who also include fellow prize-givers Dianna Agron, Anne-Marie Duff and Catherine Tate, will be treated to an incredible array of performances from some of this year’s nominated shows including all eight productions recognised in the MasterCard Best New Musical and Magic Radio Best Musical Revival categories.
Best Actress in a Musical nominees Beverley Knight and Katie Brayben will perform numbers from Memphis The Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical respectively, while Cats’ Nicole Scherzinger, who is also nominated for an award at this year’s awards, will sing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic track Memory.
While all this is unfolding in the Royal Opera House, over at the Covent Garden Piazza from 17:00 the ITV stage will play host to free entertainment courtesy of This Morning Audience Award shortlisted shows Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical and Wicked, with further performances still to be announced.
Theatre fans gathering in the piazza to watch the night’s proceedings on the big screen will be looked after by ITV stage hosts Alison Hammond and Michael Xavier. Individuals watching at home can not only stay up to date with all the action as it happens by following Official London Theatre and the Olivier Awards on Twitter but can also tune into ITV from 22:15 for a special highlights package.