The Royal Opera House hosted the 2015 Olivier Awards for the fourth time last weekend (12 April), which celebrated the best in London theatre from the past year.
Mark Strong and Angela Lansbury were among the high profile winners (for, respectively, A View From the Bridge and Blithe Spirit). Meanwhile, the Almeida Theatre’s King Charles III picked up Best New Play, and The Play The Goes Wrong won for Best New Comedy.
XL Video once again worked with set designer Es Devlin and other members of the production team to supply video screens, media servers and control systems. The company also sponsored the award for Best Set Design, which was won later in the night by Devlin, for her work on The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre.
XL provided the main presentation screen, which served as a display for red carpet footage, live feeds from the ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza, logos, stings and playback content, and as a single backdrop for performances from the casts of Sunny Afternoon and City of Angels.
Two Barco Encore2 screen management systems, one live and one backup, mixed the live broadcast feeds with playback content. In addition, XL supplied outdoor LED screens and content playback systems for the ITV Stage.
This was XL Video’s fifth consecutive year supplying to the Oliviers.
Ed Cooper, XL’s head of UK theatre, said: “The Olivier Awards is such an important night in the London theatre calendar and recognises the very best productions throughout the year, some of which we’re proud to supply.
“We’d like to offer our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.”
Oliver Awards stats
- 18 hours that Bow Street is closed for the set build and event preparation
- 3 hours for the duration of the awards ceremony
- 250 onstage performers
- 47 in the orchestra
- 90 members of the choir
- 100 backstage crew
- 180 magnums of champagne at the drinks reception
- 150 metres of red carpet used
- 1,950 goody bags distributed to guests
- 70 VIP goody bags
- 5 days of rehearsal prior to the ceremony
- 4,200 bowls of food served to guests
- 1,600 dessert canapés
- 400 bowls of nibbles
- 10 hours to de-rig
- 850 light bulbs used on Bow Street and on the red carpet
- 84 hours to build the set
- Three overnight pre-rigs
Photo: Alastair Muir