Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett, James McAvoy Among Olivier Awards Nominees

Helen Mirren in "The Audience"
Helen Mirren in "The Audience"
 Johan Persson

LONDON - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time leads this year's contenders for the Olivier Awards, the British Tonys, with eight nominations.

The production, adapted from Mark Haddon's 2003 novel, is up for such awards as best new play, best director for Marianne Elliott and best actor for Luke Treadaway, who plays the protagonist, a math genius with Asperger's Syndrome trying to find out who killed his neighbor's dog.

The musical Top Hat got seven Olivier nominations, while a revival of Sweeney Todd earned six, including for Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton as best musical actor and actress.

The winners will be announced and celebrated at the British capital's Royal Opera House on April 28. Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith will host the awards show.

In the best new play category, The Curious Incident goes against drama Constellations, The Audience, which stars Helen Mirren as The Queen, and political drama This House.

Mirren is one of the nominees in the best actress category, along with Kristin Scott Thomas for Old Times, Hattie Morahan for her role in A Doll's House and Billie Piper for The Effect.

The best actor nominees are Treadaway, Rupert Everett for his part in The Judas Kiss, James McAvoy as Macbeth, Mark Rylance for his role in Twelfth Night and Rafe Spall for Constellations.

The best new musical contenders are Loserville, Soul Sister, The Bodyguard and Top Hat.

Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, which is the only Olivier decided by public voting.

Last year, Matilda won seven Olivier Awards, setting a new record. The U.S. transfer of that production is currently in previews at Broadway's Shubert Theatre, with official opening set for April 11.

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