Olivier Award Nominations 2014
15 March 2014
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti
In the numbers game, Islington's Almeida Theatre sweeps the board with ten Award nominations including West End transfers Chimerica and Ghosts both receiving Best Director nominations for Lyndsey Turner and Richard Eyre respectively.
Other nominations include one each for Lesley Manville for Best Actress and Jack Lowden for Best Actor In A Supporting Role, both for Ghosts which is also nominated for Best Revival, and one for Best New Play for 1984.
Two musicals lead the way with the most nominations for a single production with seven a piece going to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Merrily We Roll Along whilst the next in line—Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys—each get six.
None of those new productions feature amongst the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award nominees which offer no surprises being the long–runners Matilda The Musical, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
The Best Actor award will be fought out between Henry Goodman (The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui), Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus), Rory Kinnear (Othello) and Jude Law (Henry V)and the for the Best Actress award between Hayley Atwell (The Pride), Anna Chancellor (Private Lives), Judi Dench (Peter And Alice) and the aforementioned Lesley Manville.
Notable amongst the categories is the return of the Best New Comedy Award and three of the four nominations for Best Director going to the distaff side with Richard Eyre alone amongst Maria Friedman, Susan Stroman and Lyndsey Turner.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre will go to one of Josephine And I at the Bush Theatre, Fleabag at the Soho Theatre, Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre and Oh What A Lovely War at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
This year's Olivier Awards ceremony will take place in London on 13 April; highlights will be televised that evening.
A full list of the award categories and the nominations for each is in our features section.