Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who famously alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in the National Theatre’s recent production of Frankenstein, share a nomination for this year’s best actor Olivier award.
Their competition includes film star Jude Law for his role in Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse and Gavin and Stacey’s James Corden, recognised for his turn in One Man, Two Guvnors, the National Theatre hit comedy that he is soon taking to Broadway.
Sheridan Smith, star of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, is up for best actress for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Elsewhere, the Wyndham’s Theatre’s production of Shakespeare comedy Much Ado about Nothing, starring ex-Tardis travellers David Tennant and Catherine Tate, is nominated for best revival, while The Ladykillers, adapted from the film by The IT Crowd scribe Graham Linehan and starring Peter Capaldi and Ben Miller, could be named best new play.
The best entertainment and family category sees psychological illusionist Derren Brown, nominated for Svengali, competing with shows including Midnight Tango, which features Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.
The Olivier award nominations were announced at noon today by Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, who triumphed last year in the best actor and best actress categories. This year’s winners will be announced in a ceremony held at the Royal Opera House on 15 April.