Dance panellists needed to judge 2014 Olivier Awards with MasterCard

January 23, 2013

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Dance panellists needed to judge 2014 Olivier Awards with MasterCard

Applications now open for public panellists to judge 2014 Olivier Awards with MasterCard and there is a dance category

  • An opportunity for keen theatre-goers to enjoy free theatre in 2013

  • Applications now open and close 5 February 2013

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has declared applications open in its annual search for theatre-going members of the public to join the 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 in the world and judging the shows before capping off the experience by attending the 2014 awards ceremony and after-show party to mingle with the stars of the London stage.

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 the website, where a full application form is available online. Potential applicants can also email or pick up an Olivier Awards leaflet at any West End theatre.

Aspiring judges deciding which show to review for their application should look no further than SOLT’s Get Into London Theatre initiative, which runs 1 January – 15 February 2013.  Tickets, currently on sale, are priced at just £10, £15, £25 and £35 for a varied selection of more than 55 productions. Book online or call the ticket hotline on 0844 412 2703 (no booking fees or postage apply).

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