Oliviers to shine a light on unsung heroes

The ‘Be Inspired Champions will be invited to the ceremony on April 9
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The Olivier Awards has announced a new initiative celebrating individuals who have motivated and inspired others with their commitment to theatre.

Six ‘Be Inspired Champions’, who were nominated by members of the public and the theatre industry, will be invited to the ceremony on April 9 where they will each receive a plaque.

They include Edwin Shaw, who won The Stage’s Unsung Hero award in 2012. He was box office manager at the London Palladium for 22 years and is now a consultant for Really Useful Theatres.

The list also includes Stuart Clements, a drama teacher at a specialist school for children with autism, speech, language and communication difficulties.

Janet Hudson-Holt is the costume supervisor for the world’s longest running stage show, The Mousetrap. She recreated the costumes from the original incarnation of the show.

Mark Thorburn was artistic director of Coventry Youth Operetta Group and coordinated centenary celebrations of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

Harry Gabriel has been stage door keeper at the Shaftesbury Theatre for more than 35 years.

Choreographer and director Sally-Anne Coleman was nominated following her diagnosis of terminal cancer and died shortly after the winners were decided.