Producer Thelma Holt and children’s casting director Jo Hawes are among the figures whose contributions to the industry will be celebrated at this year’s Olivier Awards.
Holt will be honoured for her “long and prolific” producing career, which has included all of Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa’s UK performances across 30 years, and as associate producer of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Hawes, who has cast child performers for West End shows including Les Misérables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Mary Poppins, will also be given a special recognition award this year for her work in casting and child performance licensing.
Fellow recipients include Stephen Jameson and Sarah Preece, who are joint chief executives of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. They are being celebrated for their achievements in relocating the school from Wood Green in north London to Peckham in south-east London and for promoting accessibility and diversity.
The final award will be presented to theatre consultant Peter Roberts, who is a former technical director of Delfont Mackintosh and is being recognised for his work in aiding theatre’s access to radio spectrum.
The awards will be formally presented on March 13 at the Olivier Awards’ nominees celebration in London.
The presenters for the special recognition awards will be Nica Burns, Jonathan Sayer, Giles Terera and Nick Allott.
Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “It is a privilege to publicly honour the inspirational careers of these five people, all working in very different fields, but who have all had a huge impact behind the scenes and inspired countless theatre industry colleagues.”
The Olivier Awards 2020 take place at the Royal Albert Hall on April 5.