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Mark Rylance up for Olivier Award after Oscar win

Mark Rylance has been nominated for an Olivier Award, less than 24 hours after winning an Oscar for Bridge of Spies.
The 56-year-old actor has been in the industry since the 1980s but it has been the last few years that have seen him receive huge critical acclaim. After taking home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama at the ceremony on Sunday night (28Feb16), Mark has been recognised for his role in Farinelli And The King at the Duke of York’s Theatre last September (15).
He will have some tough competition if he’s to take home a prestigious Olivier Award, however, as he is up against Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale, Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father.
Leading the ladies’ category is Nicole Kidman who, fresh off the back of taking home a WhatsOnStage theatre award earlier this month (Feb16), has been nominated for Best Actress for Photograph 51. Gemma Arterton is nominated in the same category for Nell Gwynn, while Janet McTeer, Denise Gough and Lia Williams are also up for the gong.
Judi Dench received her 15th Olivier Award nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Winter’s Tale, and is up against lesser known actresses Michele Dotrice, Melody Grove and Catherine Steadman in her category. In the Best Actor in a Supporting Role selection, Mark Gatiss will face off against Michael Pennington, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet.
Meanwhile, Imelda Staunton also notched up another nod to add to her collection, receiving her 11th Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical thanks to her role in Gypsy. Tracie Bennett, Natalie Dew, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Emma Thompson’s sister Sophie are also up for that prize, while David Haig will compete against Ian Bartholomew, Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry and Jamie Parker for Best Actor in a Musical.
Gypsy proved one of the most popular shows recognised in this year’s nominations, with eight nods, closely followed by Kinky Boots with seven.
The 2016 Olivier Awards will take place on 3 April (16) at London’s Royal Opera House.

The main nomination categories at the 2016 Olivier Awards are:

Best Actor:
Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
Adrian Lester for Red Velvet at Garrick Theatre
Mark Rylance for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

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Best Actress:
Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
Nicole Kidman for Photograph 51 at Noel Coward Theatre
Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse
Lia Williams for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best Director:
Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
Matthew Dunster for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre
Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
Jonathan Kent for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton
Michael Pennington for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre
David Suchet for The Importance Of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
Michele Dotrice for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
Melody Grove for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre
Catherine Steadman for Oppenheimer at Vaudeville Theatre

Best Revival:
Hamlet at Barbican Theatre
Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton
The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play:
Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre
The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre
People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

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Best Actor in a Musical:
Ian Bartholomew for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre
Killian Donnelly for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
David Haig for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre
Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Jamie Parker for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical:
Tracie Bennett for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre
Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre
Laura Pitt-Pulford for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Sophie Thompson for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical:
David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
Dan Burton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Peter Davison for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Gavin Spokes for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical:
Preeya Kalidas for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre
Amy Lennox for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Emma Williams for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

MasterCard Best New Musical:
Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre
In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

Best Musical Revival:
Bugsy Malone at Lyric Hammersmith
Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre
Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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