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Luke Treadaway for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at the National's Cottesloe theatre and the Apollo theatre Winner
First time nominee Treadaway is currently wowing audiences in the West End transfer of this acclaimed show with his astonishing performance as Christopher, the 15-year-old protagonist at the heart of Mark Haddon’s thrilling story.
James McAvoy for Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios
Nominated for his performance of one of drama’s most prestigious leading roles, X-Men star McAvoy was acclaimed for his commanding performance as the power-hungry Scottish Lord in Jamie Lloyd’s gritty take on Shakespeare’s bloody drama.
Mark Rylance for Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Globe and the Apollo theatre
Two-time Olivier winner Rylance was nominated in this category for the same production 10 years ago! After its Globe revival last summer, it transferred into the West End with Rylance wowing audiences in the all-male production.
Rafe Spall for Constellations at the Duke of York's theatre
Spall wowed audiences in this innovative two-hander playing beekeeper Roland, flitting from endearing wit to violent anger as the pair worked through a series of parallel outcomes as possible results of a chance meeting.
Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss at the Hampstead and Duke of York's theatres
This is the second Olivier Award nomination for star of screen and stage Everett. The actor is nominated for his compelling, some might say career-defining, performance as iconic writer Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s drama.