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Musical Has Nine Nominations

Wednesday 18 January 2006 @ 17:36 - GMT

Billy Elliot leads the pack when it comes to nominations for the February 26 Laurence Olivier awards, the BBC has announced.

It's up for nine honours, including Best Actor for James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower. The trio, who each play the title role, face Ewan McGregor and Douglas Hodge from Guys and Dolls, which has eight nods.  

Billy Elliot's other nominations include best new musical and best director for Stephen Daldry. He is up against Richard Eyre for Hedda Gabler, Michael Grandage for Don Carlos, Phyllida Lloyd for Mary Stuart, and Melly Still for Coram Boy at the Olivier.  

Rosemary Squire, president of the Society of London Theatre, which hands out the awards, said the list "demonstrates what an array of theatrical talent we have in London Theatre".

She said it reinforced London's position "as the theatre capital of the world", and confirmed its "unique appeal as a premium destination for world-class entertainment."