Peter Wilson, Pippa Ailion, Andrew Bruce and Amanda Parker to be granted the Olivier Industry Recognition Award next week

The Society of London Theatre has announced the upcoming recipients of this category, acknowledging pioneering, excellence and determination in their fields of work. Taking place next month at the Royal Albert Hall, the full award ceremony will be hosted by Hannah Waddingham.

Bless our soul, they’re all on a roll! As the time for the biggest theatrical event of the year gets closer and closer, the announcements keep coming for those who have been prized with the greatest recognition for excellence in the industry. On this occasion, the Society of London Theatre, in collaboration with Mastercard, are acknowledging the work and quality of four craftsmen working behind the scenes, all of whom demonstrating either having come through in their fields, pioneering and leading change or going above and beyond in terms of the dedication.

“We are delighted to be honouring such deserving recipients in the Industry Recognition category”, says independent theatre producer and President of Society of London Theatre Eleanor Lloyd. “Our 2023 winners more than meet the award criteria, inciting real industry change, and paving the way for generations to come in their fields. Thank you to all four recipients for being hard-working patrons of the industry.”

Serving as Executive Chairman and Joint Chief Executive of PW Productions, Peter Wilson’s credits Peter’s first West End production was Arnold Wesker’s Annie Wobbler in 1985. Since then, his West End, Broadway and UK and international touring productions include The Woman in Black, An Inspector Calls and Dirty Dancing. Pippa Ailion MBE, on her side, has cast over 200 productions internationally, her most recent credits featuring Ain’t Too Proud, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King. On the other hand, Andrew Bruce is the founder and owner of Autograph Sound, also serving as designer for shows such as Les Misérables, Chess,  Into the Woods, MAMMA MIA!, Sweeney Todd, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, while Amanda Parker is the founder and former director of Inc Arts UK, whose previous roles include include Development Producer for BBC Arts (TV) and BBC Radio and Music, as well as Campaigns management for BBC Education.

The recipients will be given the awards on Friday 17 March during the Nominees Celebration event at The Londoner Hotel. On the other hand, the 2023 Olivier Awards ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 April, hosted by Hannah Waddingham.

By Guillermo Nazara

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