|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.
The nominations were announced on 15 March 2012 in 23 categories.
|Best New Play||Best New Musical|
|Best Revival||Best Musical Revival|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Actor in a Musical||Best Actress in a Musical|
|Best Supporting Role||Best 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 Dance||Best New Dance Production|
|Outstanding Achievement in Opera||Best New Opera Production|
|Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre|
|Society Special Award|
The following 17 productions, including two ballets and two operas, received multiple nominations:
The following four productions received multiple awards: