Nicole Scherzinger Receives Olivier Award Nomination For Cats

10/03/2015 08:22 | Updated 20 May 2015

Nicole Scherzinger has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her West End debut performance in Cats.


The news will likely bring a much-needed smile to the star's face after she recently split from her longterm love, Lewis Hamilton.

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The singer and former X Factor judge starred as Grizabella - originally played by Elaine Paige - in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, which is also up for best musical revival.

The former Pussycat Doll will vie for the title of best supporting actress in a musical at a ceremony next month.

Monday's announcement sees Gemma Arterton up for best actress in a musical, for her Made In Dagenham performance - her first onstage singing role - as factory worker Rita O'Grady.

The production is due to close in April after six months in the West End as other new musicals, including Stephen Ward, about the Profumo affair, Viva Forever, which was based on the Spice Girls, and Harry Hill's X Factor tribute I Can't Sing! suffered a similar fate.

Arterton is pitted against Tamsin Greig (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown), Beverley Knight (Memphis The Musical) and Katie Brayben (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical).

New productions Memphis The Musical and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, with nine and eight nods respectively.

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In the best actress category, Gillian Anderson is in the running for her much-lauded Young Vic performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra), Imelda Staunton (Good People) and Penelope Wilton (Taken At Midnight) are also up for the award.

Best actor nominees are James McAvoy (The Ruling Class), Mark Strong ( A View From The Bridge), Richard Armitage (The Crucible) and Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III).

Long-running shows Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical and Wicked are shortlisted for the This Morning Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public.

The stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre has five nominations.

All the nominations for best new play - Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, King Charles III, The Nether and Taken At Midnight - originated in subsidised theatres.

The Young Vic, where productions included A View From The Bride and A Streetcar Named Desire, received the most nominations for a single venue, with 11.

Caro Newling, president of the Society of London Theatre, said, "2015 has been another incredible year for London theatre."

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 April, with highlights broadcast on ITV later that evening.

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