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Branagh to receive special Olivier award

Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov at Wyndham's Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov at Wyndham's Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Kenneth Branagh will be recognised for his contribution to British theatre at this year’s Olivier Awards.

The actor and director, who recently took over the West End’s Garrick Theatre for a 13-month season of productions, will receive a special award at the ceremony on April 9.

Caro Newling, president of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Society of London Theatre is delighted to formally celebrate Kenneth Branagh’s outstanding contribution to London theatre. Whether acting or directing, there is no greater advocate for our industry.”

Previous recipients of the award include Kevin Spacey, Stephen Sondheim, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.

Despite being nominated five times, Branagh’s only other Olivier award win was in 1982 when he was named best newcomer for his performance as Tommy Judd in Another Country.

Nominations for the 2017 Olivier Awards will be live-streamed at 12pm on Monday March 6.

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