The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976.
The awards are organised by The Society of West End Theatre in London.
The following list shows the winners in the principal categories since 2000. See the link to the official site below for other categories and earlier years.
Best new play
2004 - The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
2003 - Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright
2002 - Jitney by August Wilson
2001 - Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall
2000 - Goodnight Children Everywhere by Richard Nelson
2004 - Matthew Kelly for Of Mice and Men
2003 - Simon Russell Beale for Uncle Vanya
2002 - Roger Allam for Privates on Parade
2001 - Conleth Hill for Stones in his Pockets
2000 - Henry Goodman for The Merchant of Venice
2004 - Eileen Atkins for Honour
2003 - Clare Higgins for Vincent in Brixton
2002 - Lindsay Duncan for Private Lives
2001 - Julie Walters for All My Sons
2000 - Janine Dee for Comic Potential
West End Theatre
Evening Standard Awards - a rival prize ceremony
London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards - another rival prize ceremony
- Official web site (http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/awards)