Fancy helping judge The Olivier Awards 2011?

Well, you potentially can!

I stumbled across the below from the Society of London Theatres (SOLT), and thought I’d repost as it may be of special interest to those of you who very kindly visit this blog to read some of my theatre reviews/thoughts.

Alas, I can’t enter it (darn my job!) but this really is a prize to be envious of! If anyone does apply, do let me know – be great to chat to other theatre fans!

You need to visit to apply for the panel.



Free Theatre Tickets For A Whole Year!


Since 1976, members of the theatregoing public have been helping the Society of London Theatre pick the winners of the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards. If you are a regular theatregoer with a keen critical eye, then you could be just what we need!

There are four independent judging panels:


This is made up of four members of the public, seeing both plays and musicals. The public panellists are joined by five expert panellists who are not critics but have professional knowledge of the industry. Panellists can expect to see around 80 productions in the year.


This is made up of two members of the public and three professional panellists who will see approximately 20 productions throughout the year.


This is made up of two public and three professional panellists who will see around 40 productions in the Awards year.


This panel judges the work of the Society’s Affiliate members (The Bush, Greenwich, Hackney Empire, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith, New Wimbledon, Soho, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Trafalgar Studio 2, Tricycle and UCL Bloomsbury) and comprises two public and three professional panellists. They will see approximately 20 productions in the year.

The Awards year runs from 1 January to 31 December 2010 and panellists will usually receive a pair of complimentary tickets for each production they are asked to see.

How To Apply

Decide which panel you wish to apply for Theatre, Opera, Dance or Affiliates.

Write a 150 word review of a new production you have seen in the last year. This review should:

  • Be appropriate to the panel you are applying for.
  • Tell us why you think this particular production deserves a Laurence Olivier Award.
  • Include comments on direction and design as well as comments on individual performers.

We would also like a list of the productions you have seen in the last 12 months. Once you have filled in the form below, press ‘SUBMIT’ to send it to us.

Please note

  • People professionally connected with the theatre industry are not eligible to be public panellists
  • Previous panel members are unlikely to be reselected.
  • The decision of the selection panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Only successful applicants will be contacted.


About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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