‘Billy’ leads Olivier noms

'Guys and Dolls' close behind

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“Billy Elliot — The Musical” leads the field in the Olivier Awards race with nine nominations. The prizes, now in their 30th year, honor achievements in London theater, dance and opera.

The three child actors who share the lead role of Billy in Stephen Daldry’s West End adaptation of his BAFTA-winning Brit film share a nom for actor in a musical. James Lomas (15), George Maguire (15) and Liam Mower (13) are the youngest thesps to be considered for an Olivier award.

The teen trio are up against Ewan McGregor and Douglas Hodge, both nommed for their perfs in “Guys and Dolls.”

“Guys and Dolls” scooped eight mentions. Following it with six apiece are “Hedda Gabler,” “Don Carlos” and “Mary Stuart.” Both “Carlos” and “Stuart” were penned by 18th century German playwright Friedrich Schiller.

The dueling monarchs in the Don-mar Warehouse production of “Mary Stuart” — Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer — are nominated for the actress prize. They face competish from Eve Best (“Hedda Gabler”), Clare Higgins (“Death of a Salesman”) and Helen McCrory (“As You Like It”).

A pair from “Guys and Dolls” — Jane Krakowski and Jenna Russell — jostle for position in the actress in a musical category. Others nommed are Haydn Gwynne (“Billy Elliot”) and Julie Walters (“Acorn Antiques — The Musical”).

Actor nominees are Richard Grif-fiths (“Heroes”), Brian Dennehy (“Death of a Salesman”), Derek Jacobi (“Don Carlos”), Con O’Neill (“Telstar”) and David Threlfall (“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”).

Contending for the helmer prize are Daldry, Richard Eyre (“Hedda Ga-bler”), Michael Grandage (“Don Carlos”), Phyllida Lloyd (“Mary Stuart”) and Melly Still (“Coram Boy”).

The National Theater’s production of “Coram Boy” also is up in the new play category, along with two plays performed in the NT’s Cottesloe, Howard Brenton’s “Paul” and Simon Stephens’ “On the Shore of the Wide World,” and Richard Bean’s “Harvest,” staged at the Jerwood Theater Down-stairs at the Royal Court.

No matter who takes the prize, the winner for new opera production is bound for the English National Opera, which has all four nominees: “Billy Budd,” “La Clemenza di Tito,” “On the Town” and “Madam Butterfly,” latter helmed by Anthony Minghella.

“The list demonstrates what an ar-ray of theatrical talent we have in London theater,” said Rosemary Squire, president of the Society of London Theater.

Winners will be announced Feb. 26 at a ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

And the nominees are…

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Haydn Gwynne, “Billy Elliot — The Musical” (Victoria Palace)
Jane Krakowski, “Guys and Dolls” (Piccadilly)
Jenna Russell, “Guys and Dolls”
Julie Walters, “Acorn Antiques — The Musical!” (Theater Royal, Haymarket)

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Douglas Hodge, “Guys and Dolls”
Ewan McGregor, “Guys and Dolls”
James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”

SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Tameka Empson, “The Big Life” (Apollo)
Tim Healy, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”
Celia Imrie, “Acorn Antiques — The Musical!”
Scarlett Strallen, “HMS Pinafore” (Open Air)

NEW MUSICAL
“Acorn Antiques — The Musical!,” book, music and lyrics by Victoria Wood
“The Big Life” written by Paul Sirett, music by Paul Joseph
“Billy Elliot — The Musical,” book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John

MUSICAL PRODUCTION
“Guys and Dolls” based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
“HMS Pinafore,” a new version by Herbert Appleman, music by Arthur Sullivan, original libretto by W.S. Gilbert

ACTRESS
Eve Best, “Hedda Gabler” (Almeida/Duke of York’s)
Clare Higgins, “Death of a Salesman” (Lyric)
Helen McCrory, “As You Like It” (Wyndham’s)
Janet McTeer, “Mary Stuart” (Donmar Warehouse/Apollo)
Harriet Walter, “Mary Stuart” (Donmar Warehouse/Apollo)

ACTOR
Brian Dennehy, “Death of a Salesman”
Richard Griffiths, “Heroes” (Wyndham’s)
Derek Jacobi, “Don Carlos” (Gielgud)
Con O’Neill, “Telstar” (New Ambassadors)
David Threlfall, “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” (New Ambassadors)

PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Bradley, “Henry IV, Parts I & II” (NT: Olivier)
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Hedda Gabler”
Noma Dumezweni, “A Raisin in the Sun” (Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith)
Anne Reid, “Epitaph for George Dillon” (Comedy)
Paul Ritter, “Coram Boy” (NT: Olivier)

NEW PLAY
“Coram Boy,” adapted by Helen Edmundson from a novel by Jamila Gavin
“Harvest,” by Richard Bean (Jerwood Theater Downstairs at the Royal Court)
“On the Shore of the Wide World,” by Simon Stephens (NT: Cottesloe)
“Paul,” by Howard Brenton (NT: Cottesloe)

NEW COMEDY
“Glorious!,” by Peter Quilter (Duchess)
“Heroes,” by Gerald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard
“Shoot the Crow,” by Owen McCafferty (Trafalgar Studio 1)

REVIVAL
“Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller
“Don Carlos” by Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Mike Poulton
“Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Richard Eyre
“Mary Stuart” by Friedrich Schiller in a new version by Peter Oswald

ENTERTAINMENT
Blue Man Group (New London)
“Ducktastic” (Albery)
“Derren Brown — Something Wicked This Way Comes” (Cambridge)

DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”
Richard Eyre, “Hedda Gabler”
Michael Grandage, “Don Carlos”
Phyllida Lloyd, “Mary Stuart”
Melly Still, “Coram Boy”

THEATER CHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford, “Guys and Dolls”
Peter Darling, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”

LIGHTING DESIGN
Rick Fisher, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”
Paule Constable, “Don Carlos”
Hugh Vanstone, “Mary Stuart”
Howard Harrison, “Guys and Dolls”

SET DESIGN
Ian MacNeil, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”
Christopher Oram, “Don Carlos”
Rob Howell, “Hedda Gabler”

COSTUME DESIGN
Es Devlin, “The Dog in the Manger” (Playhouse)
Christopher Oram, “Don Carlos”
Rob Howell, “Hedda Gabler”
Anthony Ward, “Mary Stuart”

SOUND DESIGN
Paul Arditti, “Billy Elliot — The Musical”
Christopher Shutt, “Coram Boy”
Terry Jardine, Chris Full, “Guys and Dolls”

ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATER
“Bloody Sunday — Scenes From the Saville Inquiry” (Tricycle)
“Comfort Me With Apples” (Hampstead)
“My Name Is Rachel Corrie” (Jerwood Theater Upstairs at the Royal Court)
Laura Wade, “Breathing Corpses” (Jerwood Theater Upstairs at the Royal Court) and “Colder Than Here” (Soho)

NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Rambert Dance Company’s “Constant Speed” (Sadler’s Wells)
Fabulous Beast Dance Theater’s “Giselle” (Barbican)
Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant’s “Push” (Sadler’s Wells)
Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley and Nitin Sawhney’s “Zero Degrees” (Sadler’s Wells)

ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s corps de ballet for their season at Sadler’s Wells
Pina Bausch for the creation of “Nelken” and “Palermo Palermo” at Sadler’s Wells
Johan Kobborg for his performance in the Royal Ballet’s “The Lesson” and his production of “La Sylphide” at the Royal Opera House
Russell Maliphant for his choreography and performance in “Push” at Sadler’s Wells

NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
English National Opera’s “Billy Budd” (London Coliseum)
English National Opera’s “La Clemenza di Tito” (London Coliseum)
English National Opera’s “Madam Butterfly” (London Coliseum)
English National Opera’s “On the Town” (London Coliseum)

ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Sarah Connolly for her performance in English National Opera’s “La Clemenza di Tito”
Simon Keenlyside for his performances in the Royal Opera’s “1984” (Royal Opera House) and English National Opera’s “Billy Budd”
David McVicar for his direction of English National Opera’s “La Clemenza di Tito”
Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa for the direction and choreography of English National Opera’s “Madam Butterfly”

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