Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law go head to head for best actor at Olivier awards
Sherlock writer and star Mark Gatiss, as well as Judi Dench, are also in the running for an award at theatreland’s Oscars
Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law are to compete for the coveted best actor prize at this year’s Olivier Awards, the West End’s answer to the Oscars.
Law is nominated for his acclaimed title role in Henry V on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage, while Hiddleston wins a nod for another Shakespearean hero, the martial Roman military leader Coriolanus in the Donmar’s blood-lashed production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The evening was described as having “clarity and strength" with Hiddleston “hint[ing] at the human being beneath the cold, unflinching warrior” by RadioTimes.com.
Also competing in the best actor category is Rory Kinnear for his performance as Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello, also at the Olivier, and Henry Goodman for his lead role in a revival of Bertold Brecht’s The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre.
The best actress category at the awards will be fought between Judi Dench, for Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre, Anna Chancellor (Private Lives at the Gielgud), Lesley Manville (Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios) and Hayley Atwell (The Pride at the Trafalgar Studios).
Sherlock leading light Mark Gatiss is up for the best supporting actor award for his “beautifully modulated" performance as Menenius, the wise consul in the Hiddleston Coriolanus. He will compete with Ron Cook, Jack Lowden and Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon for the prize.
New musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, lead the list with seven nominations, followed by the Best New Musical nominees Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys, each receiving six nominations.
The Best New Comedy category will be fought between The Duck House, The Full Monty, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and The Same Deep Water As Me.
Women dominate the Best Director category with Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along), Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys) and Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) competing with Richard Eyre for his staging of Ghosts.
The ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13 April with a television highlights package broadcast on ITV later that evening.
The nominations in full :
Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre