'Matilda' leads race for theater's Olivier Awards

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Posted: Apr 15, 2012 4:45 AM
'Matilda' leads race for theater's Olivier Awards

Naughty-but-nice musical "Matilda" is the front-runner for British theater's Olivier Awards with 10 nominations, including a joint best actress nod for the four children who share the title role.

Based on Roald Dahl's tale of an extraordinary little girl from an ordinary family, "Matilda" is nominated in every possible category for Sunday's prizes, from set and lighting design to best new musical.

The show, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is due to open on Broadway next year.

Comedies "The Ladykillers" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" lead the non-musical categories with five nominations apiece.

Jude Law is nominated for best actor in a play for "Anna Christie." He's up against James Corden for "One Man, Two Guvnors," David Haig for "The Madness of George III," Douglas Hodge for "Inadmissible Evidence" and the duo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller _ jointly nominated for alternating the title role in "Frankenstein."

The best actress category pits Kristin Scott Thomas, for Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," against Celia Imrie for "Noises Off," Lesley Manville for "Grief," Marcia Warren for "The Ladykillers" and Ruth Wilson for "Anna Christie."

The Olivier awards honor achievements in London theater, musicals, dance and opera. Winners in most categories are chosen by a panel of theater professionals and members of the public.

The trophies will be handed out during a ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

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Online: http://www.olivierawards.com/