Olivier awards 2013 nominees revealed

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Top Hat lead the charge in this year's theatre, dance and opera awards

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the leading contender at this year's Olivier theatre, dance and opera awards, with nominations in eight categories, including best new play and best director.

Luke Treadaway, the young lead in the National Theatre production of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel, is also nominated for best actor, up against Rupert Everett's portrayal of Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss, James McAvoy's Macbeth, Mark Rylance's Olivia in Twelfth Night and Rafe Spall in Constellations.

In numerical terms, the crowd-pleasing musical Top Hat gets the next biggest number of nominations – seven, including best actor and actress in a musical nominations for its stars Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen. Up against them in those categories are Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton from the Chichester revival of Sweeney Todd, which earned six nominations.

The Audience, which imagines the Queen's private weekly meetings with prime ministers from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, gets five nominations, including best director for Stephen Daldry, fresh from his year overseeing the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. The play's star, Helen Mirren, is nominated for best actress, up against Hattie Morahan for Carrie Cracknell's Young Vic revival of Ibsen's A Doll's House, Billie Piper for Lucy Prebble's drug-trial play The Effect, and Kristin Scott Thomas in Ian Rickson's West End production of Old Times.

The only Olivier voted on by the public, the Radio 2 audience award, pits several long-running shows against each other: Billy Elliot the Musical, Matilda: the Musical (which won big at last year's awards), The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

The nominations were announced this morning in a central London event by actors Ruth Wilson and Elaine Paige, and the winners will be revealed on 28 April at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House.


Mark Brown, arts correspondent

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