The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical children’s book ‘Matilda the Musical’ swept the board at last year’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven gongs. This year, another literary adaptation is on track to smash the record, as the electrifying production of Mark Haddon’s novel ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is nominated a mighty eight times.
There’s a Best Actor nomination for Luke Treadaway who played 15-year-old Asperger’s Syndrome sufferer Christopher Boone, another for Marianne ‘War Horse’ Elliott in the Best Director category, and the National Theatre production is also up for Best New Play – an accolade surely pointing at Simon Stephens, who adapted the bestselling novel.
Elsewhere, big names dominate the lists, with Best Actress proving an especially star-studded fight as Helen Mirren (‘The Audience‘) takes on Hattie Morahan (‘A Doll’s House‘), Billie Piper (‘The Effect’) and Kristin Scott Thomas (‘Old Times‘).
Rupert Everett (‘The Judas Kiss’), James McAvoy (‘Macbeth’), Mark Rylance (‘Twelfth Night’) and Rafe Spall (‘Constellations’) will provide Luke Treadaway with ample competition, while ‘The Curious Incident…’ might also face a challenge in the Best New Play category, where ‘Constellations’, ‘The Audience’ and ‘This House’ are also in the running.
Musical fans will be pleased to see ‘Top Hat’ nominated an incredible seven times, and very much in the running to win Best Theatre Choreographer and Best New Musical. ‘Sweeney Todd’ is also a front-runner, with a nomination for Michael Ball as Best Actor in a Musical and Imelda Staunton up for Best Actress in a Musical.