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Jude Law, Kristin Scott Thomas among Olivier Award nominees

March 15, 2012 |  1:55 pm

Jude Law, Kristin Scott Thomas among Olivier Award nominees .
Jude Law, Kristin Scott Thomas and Paulo Szot are among the nominees for this year's Olivier Awards, the highest theater honor in Britain. The nominations were announced Thursday in London.

Leading the roster are the new musicals "Matilda" and "Ghost," with 10 and five nominations, respectively. Also scoring high are the new plays "The Ladykillers," based on the 1955 movie, and Richard Bean's "One Man, Two Guvnors," with five nominations each.

Rounding out the nominees for new musical are "Betty Blue Eyes," "London Road" and "Shrek." The nominees for new play also include "Collaborators" by John Hodge and "Jumpy" by April De Angelis.

Law received a nomination for his performance in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" at the Donmar Warehouse, while Scott Thomas was recognized for her leading role in a revival of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" at the Comedy Theatre.

Other acting nominees include Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller for "Frankenstein," which was directed by Danny Boyle; Lesley Manville for Mike Leigh's play "Grief"; and Ruth Wilson for "Anna Christie." Szot was recognized for his role in the revival of "South Pacific," for which he won a Tony Award in 2008.

"Matilda" is the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of the classic book by Roald Dahl about a bookish young girl who must deal with a host of monstrous adults. The musical features a score by Tim Minchin and is directed by Matthew Warchus.

"Ghost" is based on the popular 1990 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The musical, also directed by Warchus, begins previews this week on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre before a scheduled opening on April 23.

The Oliviers also recognize dance and operatic productions. Among the nominees this year are composer Mark-Anthony Turnage for his work on two operas, "Anna Nicole," inspired by the life of Anna Nicole Smith, and "Twice Through the Heart"; and choreographer Akram Khan for his work "Desh." 

The full list of nominees is available at the official website for the Olivier Awards. The ceremony is scheduled for April 15.


"Ghost: The Musical" coming to Broadway in spring

Theater review: "Betrayal" at the Comedy Theatre in London

Opera review: "Anna Nicole" premieres in London's Royal Opera House

-- David Ng

Photo: Kristin Scott Thomas in the 2011 revival of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" at the Comedy Theatre in London, left, and Jude Law. Credit: Johan Persson and Stuart Wilson/Getty Images.