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Hollywood dominates Olivier theatre awards

Alastair Muir

Hollywood stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Gillian Anderson have all been nominated for Laurence Olivier Awards, British theatre's top accolades.

Hollywood dominates Olivier theatre awards

Gillian Anderson and Rachel Weisz are contesting the best actress category for their turns in A Doll’s House and A Streetcar Named Desire respectively, and are up against Imelda Staunton (Entertaining Mr Sloane), Juliet Stevenson (Duet For One) and Lorraine Burroughs (The Mountaintop).

Knightley was nominated for a best supporting actress award for The Misanthrope, her West End debut.

In the best actor category, Law is shortlisted for his portrayal of the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, while James McAvoy, also best known for his films, is nominated for Three Days of Rain.

With six nominations apiece are Lucy Prebble’s Enron, about the collapsed US energy trading company, and Jerusalem, Jez Butterworth’s portrayal of less-than-idyllic life in rural England.

The Royal Court Theatre garnered the most nominations with 15, followed by the Donmar with 10 and the National Theatre with nine.

London’s West End enjoyed a bumper 2009, with attendances rising 5.5 per cent to 14.3 million and revenues 7.6 per cent higher than 2008 at 505 million pounds.

Following is a list of the main categories for the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards, to be handed out in London on March 21.


– Gillian Anderson/A Doll’s House

– Lorraine Burroughs/The Mountaintop

– Imelda Staunton/Entertaining Mr Sloane

– Juliet Stevenson/Duet For One

– Rachel Weisz/A Streetcar Named Desire


– James Earl Jones/Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

– Jude Law/Hamlet

– James McAvoy/Three Days of Rain

– Mark Rylance/Jerusalem

– Ken Stott/A View From the Bridge

– Samuel West/Enron


– Hayley Atwell/A View From the Bridge

– Michelle Dockery/Burnt By the Sun

– Alexandra Gilbreath/Twelfth Night

– Keira Knightley/The Misanthrope

– Rachael Stirling/The Priory

– Ruth Wilson/A Streetcar Named Desire


– Mackenzie Crook/Jerusalem

– Rory Kinnear/Burnt By the Sun

– Tim Pigott-Smith/Enron

– Eddie Redmayne/Red


– Rupert Goold/Enron

– Michael Grandage/Hamlet

– Lindsay Posner/A View From the Bridge

– Ian Rickson/Jerusalem

– Bijan Sheibani/Our Class


Enron by Lucy Prebble

Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

– The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

Red by John Logan


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