12 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Best actor nominee Mark Strong and best supporting actress nominee Angela Lansbury
Some of the biggest names in theatre will gather later at the Royal Opera House in London for the annual Olivier Awards.
Dame Judi Dench, Anne-Marie Duff and Chiwetel Ejiofor will be among stars handing out the prizes on Sunday night.
Memphis the Musical leads the pack with nine nominations, while Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has eight.
The Oliviers, now in their 39th year, celebrate the London theatre scene. This year’s host is Lenny Henry.
The best actor race sees Mark Strong and Richard Armitage nominated for their roles in Arthur Miller plays A View from the Bridge and The Crucible respectively.
They are up against James McAvoy for The Ruling Class and Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III.
The latter, Mike Bartlett’s blank verse vision of a future monarchy, has six nominations in total, including best play and best director for Rupert Goold.
Also up for best play are the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, “dark net” thriller The Nether, and Taken at Midnight – which stars best actress nominee Penelope Wilton as the mother of a young German lawyer imprisoned by the Nazis.
Joining Wilton on the best actress shortlist are Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra, and Imelda Staunton for Good People.
In the best new musical category, Memphis and Beautiful face competition from the Kinks-inspired Sunny Afternoon and Here Lies Love. Based on the life of Imelda Marcos, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical transformed the National Theatre’s Dorfman stage into a nightclub.
Dame Angela Lansbury is up for best supporting actress for her role as eccentric medium Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment