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Kidman, Cumberbatch vie for Olivier Awards

Press AssociationPress Association 3/04/2016

Nicole Kidman will be among the stars vying for a prestigious Olivier Award on Sunday (Monday AEDT) following her successful return to London's West End.

Kidman is in the running for her star turn in Photograph 51, earning her first Olivier nomination.

She is joined in the best actress category by Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn, Denise Gough for People, Places And Things, Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Lia Williams for Oresteia.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Rylance will go head to head in the best actor category.

Hamlet actor Cumberbatch and Farinelli And The King star Rylance are both nominated alongside Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father.

It's Cumberbatch's first nomination, while Rylance has been nominated eight times and won twice.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun singer Cyndi Lauper could find herself returning again and again to the stage, to perform and also - perhaps - to pick up some gongs of her own.

Kinky Boots, with lyrics by the US singer-songwriter, is up for seven awards, including MasterCard best new musical.

Lauper will perform twice during the awards at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, both on her own and as part of a "unique collaboration", organisers say.

Best actress in a musical nominee Imelda Staunton will open the show with a number from the multi-Olivier Award-nominated musical Gypsy, having received her 11th Olivier Awards nomination after starring as Mama Rose.

Gypsy is up for awards in eight categories, leading the nominations.

Veteran of the stage Dame Judi Dench has already bagged her 15th Olivier Award nomination, this time in the best supporting actress category for The Winter's Tale, and will be hoping to add to her collection of six awards and one special award - the most Oliviers earned by any performer.

Sunday's awards will also feature a special performance to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, with Rory Kinnear introducing Jack Savoretti to perform Sonnet 18.

The Olivier Awards, celebrating their 40th year, will be hosted by Michael Ball.

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