Dennehy shortlisted for best actor

Brian Dennehy, winner of two Tonys, was nominated Thursday for the actor prize at the Evening Standard Theater Awards, while two revivals of Friedrich Schiller plays drew four nominations between them.

The four nominees for play are Richard Norton-Taylor’s “Bloody Sunday,” Irish dramatist Brian Friel’s latest, “The Home Place,” Mike Leigh’s “Two Thousand Years,” the film and theater vet’s first play in more than a decade, and Richard Bean’s Royal Court epic, “Harvest.”

The musical category pits “Billy Elliot — the Musical” against “Mary Poppins” and the since-closed “The Big Life.”

Dennehy was nominated for his role as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” a role that landed him his first Tony in 1999. He’ll face off against Simon Russell Beale (“The Philanthropist”) and Derek Jacobi (Schiller’s “Don Carlos”).

In the actress race, Harriet Walter (the other Schiller revival, “Mary Stuart”) goes up against Eve Best (“Hedda Gabler”), Clare Higgins (“Death of a Salesman”) and Kristin Scott Thomas (“As You Desire Me”).

“Poppins” helmer Richard Eyre is a director nominee for that show and “Hedda Gabler,” facing off against Michael Grandage (nommed for “Don Carlos” and “Grand Hotel”) and Jonathan Kent (“As You Desire Me”).

West End entries dominate the nominations. A conspicuously small showing was made by the National, this year repped only by the Leigh play.

Winners will be announced Nov. 28 at the Savoy Hotel.

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