James Corden and Jude Law set for Olivier Awards battle
Gavin and Stacey star James Corden is up against Jude Law for a prestigious theatrical award.
The pair are both in the running for the Best Actor gong at this year's Olivier Awards.
Among the other names shortlisted for the award are Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for their shared roles in the National Theatre production of Frankenstein.
Corden has been widely praised by the critics for his performance in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors which has been a huge West End hit.
Law was nominated for his role in Anna Christie.
The awards will be handed out on April 15 at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London.
There was a strong showing by Matilda the Musical which picked up 10 nominations - the maximum number for a stage musical this year.
Among the nominations for the show - inspired by the Roald Dahl story - were nods for Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical and a collective nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the four young performers who take the title role.
They are up against performers including former Coronation Street star Sarah Lancashire for the prize.
Among the names nominated for Best Actress are Kristin Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie and Ruth Wilson who was recently romantically linked to her Anna Christie co-star Depp.
Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, said: "We are thrilled to announce the incredibly talented list of nominees for the Olivier Awards 2012 with MasterCard. It is truly representative of our diverse world-class London theatre across both the commercial and subsidised sectors, which continues to delight thousands of Londoners and visitors every day."
Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam, who won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively at the awards last year, announced the nominations in London today.
The ceremony, properly known as the 2012 Olivier awards with Mastercard, will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
The event will be shown on a big screen in Covent Garden, London, and be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and on BBC television via the red button.
It will also feature a live link-up to New York with British stars performing on Broadway.
The full list of nominees for the 2012 Olivier Awards is as follows:
Best New Play
Collaborators at the NT Cottesloe
Jumpy at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
The Ladykillers at the Gielgud
One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT Lyttelton
Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse
Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s
Noises Off at the Old Vic
Best Entertainment & Family
Derren Brown – Svengali at the Shaftesbury
Midnight Tango at the Aldwych
Potted Potter at the Garrick
The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Vaudeville
Celia Imrie for Noises Off at the Old Vic
Lesley Manville for Grief at the Cottesloe
Kristin Scott Thomas for Betrayal at the Harold Pinter
Marcia Warren for The Ladykillers at the Gielgud
Ruth Wilson for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse
James Corden for One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT Lyttelton
Benedict Cumberbatch & Jonny Lee Miller for Frankenstein at the NT Olivier
David Haig for The Madness of George III at the Apollo
Douglas Hodge for Inadmissable Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse
Jude Law for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Mark Addy for Collaborators at the NT Cottesloe
Oliver Chris for One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT Lyttelton
Johnny Flynn for Jerusalem at the Apollo
Bryony Hannah for The Children’s Hour at the Harold Pinter
Sheridan Smith for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Best Actress in a Musical
Kate Fleetwood for London Road at the NT Cottesloe
Sarah Lancashire for Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
The Matildas for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge
Scarlett Strallen for Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace
Best Actor in a Musical
Bertie Carvel for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge
Nigel Lindsay for Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Reece Shearsmith for Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
Paulo Szot for South Pacific at the Barbican
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Sharon D Clarke for Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly
Sophie-Louise Dann for Lend Me A Tenor the Musical at the Gielgud
Nigel Harman for Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Paul Kaye for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge
Katherine Kingsley for Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace
Best New Musical
Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly
London Road at the NT Cottesloe
Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge
Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Best Musical Revival
Crazy for You at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Singin' In The Rain at the Palace
South Pacific at the Barbican
The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium
Sean Foley for The Ladykillers at the Gielgud
Nicholas Hytner for One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT Lyttelton
Rufus Norris for London Road at the NT Cottesloe
Matthew Warchus for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge
Best Theatre Choreography
Peter Darling for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge
Javier De Frutos for London Road at the NT Cottesloe
Stephen Mear for Crazy For You at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Andrew Wright for Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace
Best Lighting Design
Anna Christie designed by Howard Harrison at the Donmar Warehouse
Frankenstein designed by Bruno Poet at the NT Olivier
Ghost the Musical designed by Hugh Vanstone at the Piccadilly
Matilda the Musical designed by Hugh Vanstone at the Cambridge
Best Set Design
Ghost the Musical designed by Rob Howell at the Piccadilly
The Ladykillers designed by Michael Taylor at the Gielgud
Matilda the Musical designed Rob Howell at the Cambridge
One Man, Two Guvnors designed by Mark Thompson at the NT Lyttelton
Best Costume Design
Crazy for You designed by Peter McKintosh at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Matilda the Musical designed by Rob Howell at the Cambridge
Shrek the Musical designed by Tim Hatley at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
South Pacific designed by Catherine Zuber at the Barbican
Best Sound Designer
Ghost the Musical designed by Bobby Aitken at the Piccadilly
Frankenstein designed by Underworld and Ed Clarke at the NT Olivier
The Ladykillers designed by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham at the Gielgud
Matilda the Musical designed by Simon Baker at the Cambridge
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester for Mogadishu at the Lyric Hammersmith
Royal, Stratford East in association with the Barbican and Traverse Theatre for Roadkill
The Donmar Warehouse for Salt, Root and Roe at the Trafalgar Studios 2
The Royal Court for The Village Bike at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Best New Opera Production
English National Opera’s Castor and Pollux at the London Coliseum
English National Opera’s A Midsummer Night's Dream at the London Coliseum English
National Opera’s The Passenger at the London Coliseum
ROH2’s Clemency (in association with Scottish Opera) at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
ENO for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme
Amanda Holden for her translation of Castor and Pollux at the London Coliseum
Richard Jones his direction of Anna Nicole and Il Trittico at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and The Tales of Hoffman at the London Coliseum
Mark-Anthony Turnage for his composition of Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Twice Through the Heart at Sadler’s Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
The Deign Team for their work on the Royal Ballet’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House
Edward Watson for his performance in The Metamorphosis at the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House
Sylvie Guillem for her performance in her production of 6000 Miles Away at Sadler’s Wells
Tommy Franzen for his performance in ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock
Best New Dance Production
Desh by Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells, choreographed by Akram Khan
Gardenia by Les Ballets C de la B at Sadler’s Wells, directed by Alain Platel and Frank van Laecke
The Metamorphosis by ROH2 at the Linbury Studio, choreographed by Arthur Pita
Some Like It Hip Hop by ZooNation at the Peacock, choreographed by Kate Prince, Tommy Franzen and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
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