Olivier Awards: Judi Dench and Jude Law up for acting prizes

Dame Judi Dench and Jude Law are among the acting nominees in the running for this year’s Olivier Awards, the BBC informs. Dench is nominated for her role in Peter and Alice, while Law is up for Henry V. Both plays formed part of the inaugural Michael Grandage season.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Maria Friedman-directed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along each received seven nominations.
The awards will take place at the Royal Opera House in London on 13 April.
Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys – which compete alongside Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the best new musical prize – received six nominations each.
The Almeida theatre in north London notched up 10 nominations for its productions, which include two in the best new play category for Chimerica and 1984, and a best revival nomination for Ghosts.
Also up for best new play are Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre and The Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse.
Alongside Law in the best actor category are Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Tom Hiddleston for the Donmar production of Coriolanus and Rory Kinnear for Othello.
Dame Judi is up for best actress alongside Hayley Atwell for The Pride, Anna Chancellor for Private Lives and Lesley Manville for Ghosts, currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios.
Other familiar names up for acting honours include Sherlock co-creator Mark Gattiss and comedian Ardal O’Hanlon, shortlisted for their supporting roles in Coriolanus and The Weir respectively.
The best new comedy category returns for the first time since 2010 with The Duck House, The Full Monty, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and The Same Deep Water As Me all in contention.
Women dominate the best director category with Friedman, The Scottsboro Boys’ Susan Stroman and Chimerica’s Lyndsey Turner up against Sir Richard Eyre, director of Ghosts.
Matilda The Musical, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are all shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, the only category whose winner will be decided by the public.
The nominations were announced in central London on Monday by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman.

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