Hamlet actor Cumberbatch and Farinelli And The King star Rylance are both nominated in the best actor category alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father.
This is Cumberbatch’s first nomination, while Rylance has been nominated eight times and won twice.
Nicole Kidman is in the running for her star turn in Photograph 51, earning her first Olivier nomination.
She is joined in the best actress category by Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn, Denise Gough for People, Places And Things, Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Lia Williams for Oresteia.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun singer Cyndi Lauper could find herself returning again and again to the stage, to perform and also – perhaps – to pick up some gongs of her own.
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