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Why we’re all about the Olivier Awards

The West End’s answer to the Oscars

It’s the biggest night of the year for British theatre. This year’s Olivier Awards took place on 7 April, and many of the nominated shows either boosted their reputation with big screen broadcasts at Vue, or have special screenings still to come. Check out which shows were nominated - and what’s coming to a Vue near you.

It’s all about Gillian

Gillian Anderson was nominated for Best Actress for her scorching lead role in All About Eve, genius director Ivo van Hove’s innovative take on the classic Bette Davis film. Anderson plays an ageing showbiz legend who lets an apparently naïve superfan (Lily James) into her inner circle, sparking a battle between generations that says a lot about our obsession with youth and celebrity. Anderson’s unforgettable, soul-bearing performance is offset by a fine ensemble, with Monica Dolan winning Best Supporting Actress. This is the hottest of hot tickets – and you can see it at Vue, for one night only.

Get tickets for NT Live: All About Eve, at Vue on 11 April.

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NT Live: All About Eve

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The king of musicals

Best Actor in a Musical (Ken Watanabe), Best Actress in a Musical (Kelli O’Hara), Best Theatre Choreographer… if you came to Vue see The King and I: From the London Palladium on 4 April then you got to experience a production positively heaving with Olivier noms. It won for Best Costume Design, so anyone who caught the spectacle on the big screen got to see it at its best  – and our phenomenal sound system gloried in every note of Shall We Dance?, Getting to Know You and the show’s other timeless songs. Pure musical heaven.
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The King and I: From the London Palladium

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A trio of nominees

There are only three actors in The Lehman Trilogy but all of them were nominated for Best Actor: Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley. Sam Mendes was up for Best Director, Es Devlin was nominated for her stunning set designs - basically, theatre doesn’t get more cinematic than this. This incredible family drama about the largest financial crisis in history comes to the big screen on 25 July.

Get tickets for The Lehman Trilogy, at Vue on 25 July.
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The Lehman Trilogy

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A Special award for a British legend

Blockbuster choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne was honoured with a Special Olivier Award for his “bold, innovative and popular work, loved by audiences around the world.” Swan Lake sums this up perfectly - it’s his contemporary take on the classic fairytale, and you can catch it on the big screen on 21 May.

Get tickets for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, at Vue 21 May.
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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

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We were there…

So many of this year’s Olivier-nominated shows and performers have already been seen by theatre buffs around the country, thanks to our live screenings. We’ll be cheering for Ian McKellen in the Best Actor category, because we were so deeply moved by NT Live: King Lear. Every inch of the beautiful set design for the The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake – up for the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Dance – was captured on Vue’s luxurious big screens. And another Best Actor nominee, Simon Russell Beale, gave a Shakespearean masterclass to Vue audiences in NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second.

Keep an eye out for future live theatre screenings here – you could be seeing some of next year’s Olivier winners! Find out more about the Olivier Awards