Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Entertainment and Family
Awarded for Best Entertainment and Family
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Dick Whittington (2018)
Website Olivier

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

The award was originally titled Best Entertainment before being later renamed to Best Entertainment and Family in 2012.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Production Writer
Five Guys Named Moe Clarke Peters
An Evening with Peter Ustinov Peter Ustinov
Victoria Wood Up West Victoria Wood
Talking Heads Alan Bennett
A Tribute to the Blues Brothers Con O'Neill
Lavishly Mounted Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Richard Sisson
Tango Argentino Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli
Travels with My Aunt Graham Greene and Giles Havergal
Ennio Marchetto Ennio Marchetto and Sosthen Hennekam
The Blue Angel Pam Gems
The Invisible Man Ken Hill
A Christmas Carol Patrick Stewart
Jamais Vu Ken Campbell
January Sale Kit and The Widow
Stomp Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas
By Special Arrangement Maria Friedman
Fascinating Aïda Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Issy Van Randwyck
Juggle and Hyde The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Jack - A Night On the Town with John Barrymore Nicol Williamson and Leslie Megahey
Slava's Snowshow Slava Polunin
Maureen Lipman, Live and Kidding Maureen Lipman
Marlene Pam Gems
She Knows You Know Jean Fergusson
Do You Come Here Often? The Right Size
Much Ado About Everything Jackie Mason
Steve Coogan is the Man who Thinks He's It Steve Coogan and Henry Normal
Shakespeare's Villains: A Masterclass in Evil Steven Berkoff


Year Production Writer
Defending the Caveman Rob Becker
Al Murray - The Pub Landlord Al Murray
Barefaced Chic Fascinating Aida
Soul Train Mark Clements and Michael Vivian
Shockheaded Peter Julian Bleach, Anthony Cairns, Graeme Gilmour and Tamzin Griffin
The Pub Landlord - My Gaff, My Rules Al Murray
Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim Barbara Cook
The League of Gentlemen Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler
Play Without Words Matthew Bourne
Contact Susan Stroman and John Weidman
Elaine Stritch at Liberty John Lahr and Elaine Stritch
Rory Bremner with John Bird and John Fortune Rory Bremner
Duckie's C'est Barbican! Ursula Martinez, Christopher Green and Marisa Carnesky
Jus' Like That John Fisher
My Brilliant Divorce Geraldine Aron
One Last Flutter Fascinating Aïda
The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas Mitch Sebastian, Paul Walden and Derek Nicol
Something Wicked This Way Comes Derren Brown
Blue Man Group Blue Man Group
Ducktastic The Right Size
La Clique La Clique
Brief Encounter Noël Coward
Maria Friedman: Rearranged Maria Friedman


Year Production Writer
Morecambe Tim Whitnall
Arturo Brachetti: Change Sean Foley
Derren Brown: Enigma Derren Brown and Andy Nyman
The Railway Children Mike Kenny
Beauty and the Beast Lucy Kirkwood
Ghost Stories Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
Potted Panto Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner
Svengali Derren Brown
Midnight Tango Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace
Potted Potter Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner
The Tiger Who Came to Tea David Wood
Goodnight Mister Tom David Wood
Cinderella: A Fairytale Sally Cookson
Hansel and Gretel Lucy Kirkwood
Room on the Broom Tall Stories Theatre Company
The Wind in the Willows Will Tuckett
Derren Brown: Infamous Derren Brown
Eat, Pray, Laugh! Barry Humphries
Eric and Little Ern Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel
La Soirée Brett Haylock, Mick Perrin and Mark Rubinstein
Dance 'til Dawn Andrew Guerdat and Steven Kreinberg
Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson and Emma Reeves
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical N/A
Alice's Adventures Underground Anthony Spargo and Oliver Lansley
The Lorax Dr. Seuss
I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen
Peter Pan J. M. Barrie
The Red Shoes Matthew Bourne
Cinderella Michael Harrison
David Baddiel – My Family: Not the Sitcom David Baddiel
Peter Pan J.M. Barrie (devised by the company)
Dick Whittington Alan McHugh
David Walliam's Gangsta Granny Neal Foster
Derren Brown: Underground Derren Brown
Five Guys Named Moe Clarke Peters

See also[edit]


  • London Theatre Guide (2008). "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (.PDF). 1976-2008. The Society of London Theatre: 20. Retrieved 2008-08-30.

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