Thursday 29 September 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicole Kidman among nominees for Olivier Awards

Published 29/02/2016 | 15:56

Mrs Henderson Presents cast members James Foreman and Emma Williams attend the Olivier Awards 2016 nominations announcement
Mrs Henderson Presents cast members James Foreman and Emma Williams attend the Olivier Awards 2016 nominations announcement

Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicole Kidman have been nominated for Olivier Awards.

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Hamlet star Cumberbatch faces competition in the best actor category from Mark Rylance who won a best supporting actor Oscar just a few hours before the Olivier nominations were announced.

Rylance is recognised for his role in Farinelli And The King, while also in the running are Sir Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father.

Kidman has been given the nod for her starring turn in Photograph 51, and is joined in the best actress category by Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn, Denise Gough for People, Places And Things, Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Lia Williams for Oresteia.

Dame Judi Dench earns her 15th Olivier Award nomination for best actress in a supporting role for The Winter's Tale, having previously won six awards and one special award - the most of any performer.

Cumberbatch's Sherlock co-star Mark Gatiss is up for best actor in a supporting role for Three Days In The Country.

The productions of Gypsy and Kinky Boots lead the nominations with eight and seven nominations respectively.

Imelda Staunton receives her 11th nomination - best actress in a musical - for her performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy.

Shakespeare's Globe has reason to be celebrating with the transfers of their productions of Farinelli And The King and Nell Gwynn receiving 10 nominations between them.

The transfer of Farinelli And The King is nominated for Virgin Atlantic best new play while Nell Gwynn, which transferred to the Apollo, is nominated for best new comedy.

The MasterCard best new musical nominees are Bend It Like Beckham, In the Heights, Kinky Boots, and Mrs Henderson Presents.

:: T he Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard will take place on Sunday April 3 at the Royal Opera House.

The main nominations:

:: Best Revival

Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton

The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre

:: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Michael Pennington for The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre

Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo at Wyndham's Theatre

David Suchet for The Importance Of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre

:: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Judi Dench for The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre

Michele Dotrice for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Melody Grove for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York's Theatre

Catherine Steadman for Oppenheimer at Vaudeville Theatre

:: Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

Farinelli And The King at Duke of York's Theatre

The Father at Wyndham's Theatre

Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham's Theatre

People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

:: Best Actor

Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre

Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham's Theatre

Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Adrian Lester for Red Velvet at Garrick Theatre

Mark Rylance for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York's Theatre

:: Best Actress

Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Nicole Kidman for Photograph 51 at Noel Coward Theatre

Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse

Lia Williams for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

:: Best Musical Revival

Bugsy Malone at Lyric Hammersmith

Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

:: Best Actor in a Musical

Ian Bartholomew for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

Killian Donnelly for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

David Haig for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Jamie Parker for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

:: Best Actress in a Musical

Tracie Bennett for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre

Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Laura Pitt-Pulford for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Sophie Thompson for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

:: MasterCard Best New Musical

Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

In the Heights at King's Cross Theatre

Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre

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