Matthew Bourne is to be honoured with a special award for his “extraordinary achievements in dance”.
The prize will be his eighth Olivier award, when it is presented at the ceremony on April 7. This will make him the joint holder of the most Oliviers, alongside Judi Dench.
Society of London Theatre president Kenny Wax said: “The Society of London Theatre is delighted to acknowledge Matthew Bourne’s extraordinary achievements in dance with this year’s special Olivier award. Matthew has transformed the landscape of dance in this country and across the globe with his bold, innovative and popular work, loved by audiences around the world.”
As artistic director of his first company, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Bourne launched shows such as The Car Man and Swan Lake. In 2003, wth Robert Noble, he set up New Adventures, which has produced shows such as Edward Scissorhands and The Red Shoes.
In 2019, he will premiere his 12th full-length production, Romeo and Juliet, which involves young dance talent from across the UK performing alongside professionals from the New Adventures company.
Bourne has also choreographed musicals such as Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! and My Fair Lady, and the 2004 production of Mary Poppins, which returns to the West End later this year.
He was awarded an OBE for services to dance in 2001 and was knighted in 2016.
The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on April 7. Nominations will be announced on March 5.