|2012 Laurence Olivier Awards|
|Date||15 April 2012|
|Location||Royal Opera House|
|Hosted by||Imelda Staunton|
The 2012 awards were sponsored by MasterCard and was streamed live online for with first time on the Olivier Awards's official website with live BBC Radio 2 coverage from Ken Bruce. The show was presented by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton for the second year in a row.
Guest presenters included Zach Braff, Tyne Daly, David Suchet, Laurie Metcalf, Hayley Atwell, Jack Davenport, Jim Carter, Lenny Henry, Ronan Keating, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Elaine Paige, Barbara Windsor and Zoë Wanamaker.
Winners and nominees
The nominations were announced on 15 March 2012 in 23 categories.
Productions with multiple nominations and awards
The following 17 productions, including two ballets and two operas, received multiple nominations:
- 9: Matilda
- 5: Ghost, The Ladykillers and One Man, Two Guvnors
- 4: Anna Christie, London Road, Shrek and Singin' in the Rain
- 3: Betty Blue Eyes, Crazy for You, Frankenstein and South Pacific
- 2: Anna Nicole, Castor and Pollux, Collaborators, Flare Path, Noises Off, Some Like It Hip Hop and The Metamorphosis
The following four productions received multiple awards:
- Shenton, Mark." 'Matilda - the Musical' Sweeps Olivier Awards; Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller Are Also Winners" Archived January 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, 15 April 2012
- " 'Matilda' musical breaks Olivier awards record" bbc.co.uk, 15 April 2012