According to a report by Variety, the judging system at the Olivier Awards might soon be in for a big change. Though no official announcement has yet been made, the new process will reportedly 'sideline the awards' small pool of famously impartial judges by adding the votes of members of the Society of London Theater, the org comprising some 170 theater owners, producers and general managers, in the final round of the complex voting system.'
SOLT CEO Julian Bird told Variety: "We are the only awards that I know of where the membership of the organization is not involved in the final selection of the winners. We are out of kilter with the Tonys, the BAFTAs, the Oscars. The plan is to have a blend, in both stages, between SOLT members and the panel."
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The 37th Olivier Awards with MasterCard will take place on 28 April at Covent Garden's stunning Royal Opera House where BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce will keep theatre fans abreast of all the latest news as it happens, broadcasting from 18:00 to cover all the action from the red carpet arrivals to the winner's speeches.
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