Olivier Awards 2013: National's Curious Incident leads nominees
Story by Jack Foley
THE National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads the nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards with a total of eight nods.
An adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel by Simon Stephens, the production received its premiere at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre last year and transferred to London’s Apollo Theatre this month.
It stars Luke Treadaway, who has been shortlisted for best actor, and is directed by Marianne Elliott, who has also been nominated for best director. The production is also in the running for best new play, where it is up against Nick Payne’s multiverse drama Constellations, Peter Morgan’s The Audience and James Graham’s political drama This House, another National Theatre production.
Treadaway will compete against Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss, James McAvoy’s Macbeth, Mark Rylance for Twelfth Night and Rafe Spall for Constellations in the best actor category.
Best actress, meanwhile, sees The Audience‘s Dame Helen Mirren nominated for her latest portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, as well as Hattie Morahan for A Doll’s House, Billie Piper for The Effect and Kristin Scott Thomas for Old Times.
Other productions receiving multiple nominations include the musical Top Hat, which has seven nominations, and the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Sweeney Todd, which has six.
Sweeney Todd‘s nods include Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, who are up for best actor and best actress in a musical for their respective roles as the demonic barber and the pie-making Mrs Lovett.
Ball competes against Alex Bourne for Kiss Me, Kate, Tom Chambers for Top Hat and Will Young for Cabaret, while Staunton’s competition comes from Heather Headley for The Bodyguard, Summer Strallen for Top Hat and Hannah Waddingham for Kiss Me, Kate.
Sweeney Todd is also in the running for best musical revival with A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Kiss Me, Kate.
The best new musical contenders, meanwhile, are The Bodyguard, Loserville, Soul Sister and Top Hat.
The BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, which is the only prize on the night to be voted for by the public, sees long-term West End favourites Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked shortlisted for potential glory.
The nominations were announced by Olivier Award-winners Ruth Wilson and Elaine Paige on Tuesday at London’s May Fair Hotel.
The winners will be announced at the Royal Opera House on April 28 at a ceremony to be hosted by Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville and double Olivier winner Sheridan Smith.
Matilda the Musical was last year’s big winner, setting a new record by winning a total of seven trophies.