Catherine Tate has been announced as the host of this year’s Olivier Awards.
The actor and comedian will present the awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 8.
Tate’s stage credits include Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Much Ado About Nothing alongside David Tennant, with whom she also starred in Doctor Who on the BBC.
Tate said she was delighted to be hosting the Oliviers, which are in their 42nd year, adding: “Theatre has always been a big love of mine both as a performer and as an audience member.
“For me it’s the shared experience that can’t be beaten… There is so much to celebrate within the UK theatre scene and it’s my pleasure to be involved in this exciting and inspiring event.”
This year will also see the premiere of a new four-part series about the awards  that will be broadcast on Facebook in the run up to the ceremony. It will include interviews with the nominees, backstage footage at nominated shows and performances.
The nominations will be announced on March 6 at 1pm.
The Olivier Awards has also announced this year’s Be Inspired champions, winners of a publicly-voted scheme that celebrates the unsung heroes of theatre. This year’s winners are ballet teacher Angela Allport, accessible theatre campaigner and reviewer Pippa Stacey, youth theatre director Cheryl Govan and Willy Mukendi, who is editor of the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society social media accounts.
They will attend the ceremony and receive their awards as part of the show.