Matilda the Musical leads the contest at this year's Olivier theatre awards with an utmost probable 10 nominations. The nominations were announced in central London by 2011 Olivier Award winners Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam. The show opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010, and transferred to London's West End last year, where it continues to sell out.
Winners will be announced at the Olivier Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 April, hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. Featuring songs by comedian Tim Minchin, it is based on Roald Dahl's children's book about a girl with particular powers. Bertie Carvel is nominated for best performer in a musical for his star-making turn as child-tossing tyrant Miss Trunchbull.