Next year’s Olivier Awards are to be revamped, in a move that will see the removal of a standalone comedy prize and usher in a new award for a family show.
The Society of London Theatre’s board has agreed on several changes to the voting procedures and categories that will come into effect when the awards return in 2020.
The best new comedy and best entertainment and family categories will cease to exist and will instead be reshuffled into two new categories – best entertainment or comedy play, and best family show.
The family show award will be judged by a newly created panel comprising five pairs of people, each made up of one adult and one child, for example their son, daughter or grandchild.
Three of the pairs will include adults from a professional theatre background and two will be from the general public.
The best entertainment award was expanded in 2012 to include family shows, but 2020 will mark the first time the Olivier Awards have recognised productions for children and young people in their own dedicated category.
This year’s best entertainment and family was won by the stage adaptation of A Monster Calls at the Old Vic, and best new comedy was Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling.
Further changes will be made to the outstanding achievement in music category, which will also be “refocused” and given the new name of best original score or new orchestrations.
The outstanding achievement in music prize was this year given to the composers, music specialists and onstage band of Come from Away.
SOLT has not yet confirmed the location of the Oliviers, which have been held at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the past three years.
The full list of this year’s winners can be found here.