London’s hit shows compete for Olivier Awards

Alongside Broadway in New York, London's West End is the most prestigious neighbourhood on the planet when it comes to theatre, with this part of town absolutely bursting with great productions at all times of year.

If you're struggling to decide which show to see then you may want to take a look at the list of nominees for this year's Olivier Awards, which have just been announced.

As the most respected awards on British theatre, Olivier gongs are not given out cheaply, so you can be pretty sure that any actor, actress, director or indeed full cast that gets a nomination has more than earned it.

Among the stand-out performers in this year's list of contenders is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has picked up no fewer than seven nominations.

Directed by Hollywood superstar Sam Mendes – who has worked on films such as the 2012 007 hit Skyfall, among others – this stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book is up for Best New Musical, although it will face stiff competition from the likes of Merrily We Roll Along, which also has seven nods.

Daniel Hodge, who plays the lead in Mendes's production, has been rewarded for his fine performances with a Best Actor in a Musical nomination, while the Best Musical Revival award will be contested by shows such as the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's The Sound of Music and St James Theatre's Tell Me On A Sunday.

If you thought there was no cross-over between Britain's stage and screen stars, you'd be wrong, as evidenced by the fact that both Jude Law and Dame Judi Dench are up for Olivier Awards this year in recognition of their performances in Henry V and Peter and Alice respectively.

Clearly there's no shortage of world-class talent on show in London's Theatreland – and what better way to reflect on a great night at the theatre than by relaxing at the luxurious Montcalm Hotel?

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