March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Jude Law and Kristin Scott Thomas are on the shortlist for London theater’s Laurence Olivier Awards, the U.K.’s highest stage honors, organizers said today.
Law is a best-actor nominee for his role in “Anna Christie” at the Donmar Warehouse, where he played a shipwrecked Irish stoker toiling on a coal barge. The other best-actor hopefuls include James Corden for “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
Scott Thomas is one of five names in the best-actress category for her part as the adulterous gallery owner in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” Her rivals in the category include Marcia Warren for “The Ladykillers.”
“Matilda the Musical” has the maximum number of nominations possible for a musical, or a total of 10.
Theater-industry executives said London box-office takings were healthy in spite of tough economic times.
“We’ve had an encouraging start to the year: Theater revenues and attendances are up year on year,” said Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, which represents the 52 major theaters in central London.
Bird downplayed worries that the London 2012 Olympic Games might hurt theater attendance. “That’s not what we’re seeing so far,” he said at the nominations ceremony in a London hotel.
Two comedies -- “One Man, Two Guvnors” and “The Ladykillers” -- have five Olivier nominations each.
The four men shortlisted for the best-director prize include Nicholas Hytner for “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Lyttelton Theatre (the play opens on Broadway in April); Sean Foley for “The Ladykillers” at the Gielgud; Rufus Norris for “London Road” at the Cottesloe; and Matthew Warchus for “Matilda the Musical” at the Cambridge.
For outstanding achievement in dance, Sylvie Guillem is nominated for her performance in “6000 Miles Away” at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
The awards ceremony will take place on April 15 at the Royal Opera House. The Oliviers are sponsored by Mastercard Inc.
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