News: Apply to join the Olivier Award judging panel for dance

Wednesday 23 January 2013 by Carmel Smith

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is looking for dance audience members to serve on its expert panel of professional and public judges of the Olivier Awards with MasterCard – the most prestigious awards in London theatre.

It offers a unique chance for a successful applicant to spend a year watching some of the best theatre –and dance – in the world and judging the shows, as well as attending the 2014 awards ceremony and after-show party .

This year’s judging period starts on 6 March 2013 and runs for roughly a year. Panellists are sought across four categories: Theatre, Affiliate (smaller non-West End London theatres), Opera and Dance. Applicants must be 18 years or older, live within easy reach of London and able to commit to seeing all the eligible shows in their category during the judging year. Panellists usually receive two free, best available tickets to each show, plus a complimentary programme. The number of shows differs between categories, ranging from about 100 plays and musicals for Theatre to some 30 performances in Opera.

The standard application process includes sending in a 150 word review, as well as a list of productions seen in the past year. Applications must be received by 5 February 2013 and short-listed candidates will be required for interview at the SOLT offices in Covent Garden on either 21 February or 25 February 2013. The position is unpaid, and there are no expenses.

For more information visit www.olivierawards.com, where a full application form is available.

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