Thursday 22 February 2018

Stars compete for Olivier Awards

Tom Hiddleston is up for an Olivier acting gong
Tom Hiddleston is up for an Olivier acting gong

Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law will compete for the best actor honour at this year's O livier Awards, but there is no room for fellow Hollywood star Daniel Radcliffe on the shortlist.

Other nominees for the prestigious theatre awards include Dame Judi Dench who is shortlisted for best actress and Sherlock star Mark Gatiss whose performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse sees him nominated for best supporting actor.

Dame Judi is nominated for Peter And Alice in which she starred opposite fellow Bond cast member Ben Whishaw.

Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along lead the field with seven nominations each.

Law and Hiddleston, nominated for the title roles in Henry V and Coriolanus respectively, face competition from Henry Goodman and another of Dame Judi's 007 co-stars Rory Kinnear.

Goodman is recognised for his performance in The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre, while Kinnear's Iago in the National Theatre production of Othello sees him shortlisted.

Radcliffe, who won best actor at the What's On Stage Awards for The Cripple of Inishmaan, is not shortlisted.

Shortlisted alongside Dame Judi are Lesley Manville, recognised for her performance in Ghosts, Anna Chancellor for Private Lives and Hay ley Atwell for The Pride.

MPs expenses satire The Duck House is nominated for best new comedy with The Full Monty, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and The Same Deep Water As Me also vying for the award.

The BBC Radio 2 Audience Award - the only Olivier Award voted for by the public - is between Matilda The Musical, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked.

The annual bash, formally known as the Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard, takes place at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London, on Sunday April 13 with highlights on TV later that night.

Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, said: "Congratulations to all of this year's Olivier Award nominees whose incredible talents lit up the West End and contributed to another record-breaking year. Thank you to MasterCard and all of our sponsors for ensuring the Olivier Awards are such a tremendous celebration of London theatre."

Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, is nominated for best actor in a musical along with Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner from The Book Of Mormon and Kyle Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys.

His co-star Nigel Planer, who plays Grandpa Joe in the Roald Dahl adaptation, is nominated for best performance in a supporting role in a musical.

Other nominated names include former Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon, whose performance in The Weir is shortlisted for best actor in a supporting role.

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