Olivier Nominations

Nicole Scherzinger has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her West End debut performance in Cats.

Cats

The singer and former X Factor judge starred as Grizabella - originally played by Elaine Paige - in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, which is also up for best musical revival.

The former Pussycat Doll will vie for the title of best supporting actress in a musical at a ceremony next month.

Gemma Arterton is up for best actress in a musical, for her Made In Dagenham performance - her first onstage singing role - as factory worker Rita O'Grady.

The production is due to close in April after six months in the West End as other new musicals, including Stephen Ward, about the Profumo affair, Viva Forever, which was based on the Spice Girls, and Harry Hill's X Factor tribute I Can't Sing! suffered a similar fate.

Arterton is pitted against Tamsin Greig (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown), Beverley Knight (Memphis The Musical) and Katie Brayben (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical).

New productions Memphis The Musical and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, with nine and eight nods respectively.

They will compete in the outstanding achievement in music category against DJ Fatboy Slim and Talking Heads star David Byrne for their musical Here Lies Love at the National Theatre.

The show, which featured "a simulated danceclub disco", traced the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.

In the best actress category, Gillian Anderson is in the running for her much-lauded Young Vic performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra), Imelda Staunton (Good People) and Penelope Wilton (Taken At Midnight) are also up for the award.

Best actor nominees are James McAvoy (The Ruling Class), Mark Strong (A View From The Bridge), Richard Armitage (The Crucible) and Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III).

Long-running shows Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical and Wicked are shortlisted for the This Morning Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public.

The stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre has five nominations.

All the nominations for best new play - Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, King Charles III, The Nether and Taken At Midnight - originated in subsidised theatres.

The Young Vic, where productions included A View From The Bride and A Streetcar Named Desire, received the most nominations for a single venue, with 11.

Caro Newling, president of the Society of London Theatre, said "2015 has been another incredible year for London theatre".

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday April 12, with highlights broadcast on ITV later that evening.

 The main nominations:

:: Revival
A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham's Theatre
A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic
The Crucible at Old Vic
My Night With Reg at Donmar Warehouse and Apollo Theatre
Skylight at Wyndham's Theatre

:: Actor in a Supporting Role
David Calder for The Nether at Duke of York's Theatre
Richard Goulding for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre
John Light for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

:: Actress in a Supporting Role
Phoebe Fox for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham's Theatre
The four 11 to 12-year-old actresses playing Iris for The Nether at Duke of York's Theatre
Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre
Lydia Wilson for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre

:: New Play
King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre
The Nether at Duke of York's Theatre
Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

:: Actor
Richard Armitage for The Crucible at Old Vic
James McAvoy for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studio 1
Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre
Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham's Theatre

:: Actress
Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic
Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra at Old Vic
Imelda Staunton for Good People at Hampstead Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre
Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

:: This Morning Audience Award
Billy Elliot The Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre
Jersey Boys at Piccadilly Theatre
Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

:: New Comedy
Handbagged at Vaudeville Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre
Shakespeare In Love at Noel Coward Theatre

:: Musical Revival
Cats at London Palladium
City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre

:: Director
Rupert Goold for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre
Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre
Josie Rourke for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse
Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham's Theatre

:: Outstanding Achievement in Music
The orchestra for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman
David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis Band for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

:: Actor in a Supporting Role In A Musical
Rolan Bell for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
Ian McIntosh for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
Jason Pennycooke for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

:: Actress in a Supporting Role In A Musical
Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre
Haydn Gwynne for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre
Nicole Scherzinger for Cats at London Palladium
Lorna Want for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

:: Actor in a Musical
Jon Jon Briones for Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre
John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
Killian Donnelly for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre

:: Actress in a Musical
Gemma Arterton for Made In Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre
Katie Brayben for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
Tamsin Greig for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre
Beverley Knight for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

::  New Musical
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre
Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman
Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre
Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

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