James Corden v Jude Law at Olivier theatre awards in London

12:16 15 April 2012

James Corden in One Man Two Guvnors at the National Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

James Corden in One Man Two Guvnors at the National Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

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Stars of London’s theatre scene will be on the red carpet tonight for the 2012 Olivier Awards.

The prestigious theatrical awards see Gavin and Stacey star James Corden up against Jude Law for the Best Actor gong.

Among the other names shortlisted for the award are Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for their shared roles in the National Theatre production of Frankenstein.

Corden has been widely praised by the critics for his performance in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors which has been a huge West End hit and has now transferred to Broadway.

Law was nominated for his role in Anna Christie.

The awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House, saw a strong showing by Matilda the Musical which picked up 10 nominations - the maximum number for a stage musical this year.

Among the nominations for the show - inspired by the Roald Dahl story - were nods for Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical and a collective nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the four young performers who take the title role.

They are up against performers including former Coronation Street star Sarah Lancashire for the prize.

Among the names nominated for Best Actress are Kristin Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie and Ruth Wilson who was recently romantically linked to her Anna Christie co-star Law.

Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, said the awards were “truly representative of our diverse world-class London theatre across both the commercial and subsidised sectors, which continues to delight thousands of Londoners and visitors every day”.

The ceremony will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and shown on a big screen in Covent Garden, London.

It will also feature a live link-up to New York with British stars performing on Broadway and will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and on BBC television via the red button.

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