Society of London Theatre Special Award

The Laurence Olivier Award for Society of London Theatre Special Award is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

Laurence Olivier Award
for Society of London Theatre Special Award
Awarded forSociety of London Theatre Special Award
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byThe Society of London Theatre
Currently held byMatthew Bourne (2019)

Award winners


Year Recipient
1976 Save London's Theatres Campaign
1977 Harry Loman
1978 Brian Clark
1979 Laurence Olivier


Year Recipient
1980 Ralph Richardson
1982 Charles Wintour
1983 Joan Littlewood
1984 Arnold Goodman
1985 John Gielgud
1988 Alec Guinness


Year Recipient
1991 Peggy Ashcroft
1992 Ninette de Valois
1993 Kenneth MacMillan
1994 Sam Wanamaker
1996 Harold Pinter
1997 Margaret Harris
1998 David Mirvish
Ed Mirvish
1999 Peter Hall


Year Recipient
2002 Rupert Rhymes
2003 Sam Mendes
2004 Judi Dench
2005 Alan Bennett
2006 Ian McKellen
2007 John Tomlinson
2008 Andrew Lloyd Webber
2009 Alan Ayckbourn


Year Recipient
2010 Maggie Smith
2011 Stephen Sondheim
2012 Monica Mason
Tim Rice
2013 Michael Frayn
Gillian Lynne
2014 Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr
Michael White
2015 Sylvie Guillem
Kevin Spacey
2017 Kenneth Branagh
2018 David Lan
2019 Matthew Bourne

See also


    • London Theatre Guide (2008). "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (.PDF). 1976-2008. The Society of London Theatre: 20. Retrieved 30 August 2008. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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