|2017 Laurence Olivier Awards|
|Date||9 April 2017|
|Location||Royal Albert Hall, London|
|Hosted by||Jason Manford|
|Network|| ITV (television)|
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The 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards were held on 9 April 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The ceremony was hosted by comedian Jason Manford.A highlights show was shown on ITV shortly after the live event ended.
Any new production that opened between 17 February 2016 and 21 February 2017 in a theatre represented in membership of the Society of London Theatre was eligible for consideration, provided it had performed at least 30 performances.
The nominations were announced on 6 March 2017 in 26 categories.
|Best New Play||Best New Musical|
|Best Revival||Best Musical Revival|
|Best New Comedy||Best Entertainment and Family|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Actor in a Musical||Best Actress in a Musical|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical||Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical|
|Best Director||Best Theatre Choreographer|
|Best Set Design||Best Costume Design|
|Best Lighting Design||Best Sound Design|
|Outstanding Achievement in Music|
|Outstanding Achievement in Dance||Best New Dance Production|
|Outstanding Achievement in Opera||Best New Opera Production|
|Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre|
|Society Special Award|
The following productions received multiple awards:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child broke the record for winning the most awards by a single production, overtaking Matilda (2012) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2013) both winning seven.
The following 18 productions, including one opera and two dances, received multiple nominations:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tied for most nominations by a single production with Hairspray at the 2008 ceremony.
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