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Matilda leads Olivier Award nominations with 10 nods

16th March 2012

The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda has been a hit with theatre-goers and critics alike, if its Olivier Award nominations are anything to go by.

The production is up for the maximum ten awards at the prestigious ceremony, including Best New Musical.

All four of the young girls who have taken on the title role are collectively nominated for the Best Actress gong, while Bertie Carvel is recognised for Best Actor in a Musical and Paul Kaye is nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

The musical also received nods for Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Choreographer, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

Matilda, which is showing at the Cambridge Theatre, tells the story of a very intelligent young girl who discovers her increased brain power means she can do extraordinary things.

Speaking about the show, Matilda's executive producer Andre Ptaszynski told the BBC: 'It's a hymn to literacy and a wonderful funny, funny show.

'We in commercial theatre do great shows often, but subsidised theatre is the developing process for great, deep theatre talent - it is one of this country's greatest assets.'

The winners of the Olivier Awards will be announced on April 15th.

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