2014 Olivier Award Nominations wrap up
The 2014 Oliver Awards are set to take place at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden today. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Merrily We Roll Along are leading from the front after receiving seven nominations each. The Michael Grandage Company’s inaugural season at the Noel Coward Theatre leads the acting nominations with Dame Judi Dench for Peter and Alice and Jude Law for the tile role in Henry V.
The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys and Once all received six nominations each. The Almeida theatre racked up a whopping 10 nominations for its productions, including best revival for Ghosts and best new play for both Chimerica and 1984. Also up for best new play are Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse and Peter and Alice.
The best director nominations are Maria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre, Susan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic, Sir Richard Eyre for Ghosts at the Almeida and Trafalgar Studios and Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica also at the Almeida and West End.
Joining Jude Law in the best actor category are Tom Hiddleston Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse, Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Chichester and Duchess Theatre and Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre.
Joining Judi Dench in the best actress category are Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida and Trafalgar Studios, Anna Chancellor for Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre and Hayley Atwell for The Pride as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season.
The best new comedy nominations include Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, The Duck House, The Same Deep Water As Me and The Full Monty.
The BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, where the general public votes for the winner, sees The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Matilda and Wicked all nominated.
All eyes will be on the Royal Opera House for the Olivier Award ceremony today, sure to be another star-studded evening for West End theatre.