News: Help decide who gets Olivier Awards for dance

Friday 12 December 2014 by Carmel Smith

Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 'Puz/zle' at Sadler’s Wells. Photo: Bettina Strenske

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is looking for audience members to join their expert panel of professional and public judges for the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard – the most prestigious awards in London theatre. There are four panels, including one for Dance (alongside Theatre; smaller non-West End London theatres and Opera).

This is a unique chance to spend a year watching some of the best dance in the world and judging the shows, as well as attending the 2016 awards ceremony and after-show party.

This year’s judging period starts on 26 February 2015 and runs for approximately one year. 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. Panelists usually receive two free tickets to each show, plus a complimentary programme. The number of shows differs between categories, ranging from around 100 plays and musicals for Theatre, to some 30 performances in Opera.

To apply, you need to send in a 150 review of show you’ve seen in the past year, with a list of productions you’ve seen in the same period. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 19 January 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at the SOLT offices in Covent Garden on 29 January, 2 February or 17 February 2015. The position is unpaid and expenses are not covered.

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

Photo: Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells – winner of the Best New Dance Production category, 2014 – by Bettina Strenske

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