Judi Dench, Jude Law up for UK's Olivier Awards

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Dame Judi Dench attends the Shop with the Stars at Fenwick event in support of the theatrical charity Acting For Others at Fenwick Of Bond Street on April 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Dame Judi Dench attends the Shop with the Stars at Fenwick event in support of the theatrical charity Acting For Others at Fenwick Of Bond Street on April 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Dame Judi Dench attends the Shop with the Stars at Fenwick event in support of the theatrical charity Acting For Others at Fenwick Of Bond Street on April 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Dame Judi Dench attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Dame Judi Dench attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Actress Dame Judi Dench attends the 'Philomena' American Express Gala screening during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Actress Dame Judi Dench attends the 'Philomena' photocall during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Claridges Hotel on October 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Actors Dame Judi Dench attends the 'Philomena' press conference during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Claridges Hotel on October 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Jude Law attends the after party for Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Dom Hemingway' screening hosted by The Cinema Society And Links Of London with Moet And Chandon on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Jude Law attends the Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Dom Hemingway' screening hosted by The Cinema Society And Links Of London on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Actor Jude Law attends the Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Dom Hemingway' screening hosted by The Cinema Society And Links Of London on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Actor Jude Law arrives for the phone-hacking trial to give evidence at Old Bailey on January 27, 2014 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
British actor Jude Law poses for pictures as he arrives for the European Premiere of the film 'Dom Hemingway' at the Curzon Cinema in London, on October 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Jude Law speaks at Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Variety)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 04, 2013 in Hollywood, California.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 04, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 04, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 04, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
British actor Tom Hiddleston attends the world film premiere of 'Thor, The Dark World' in central London on October 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Henry Goodman arrives for the premiere of 'Taking Woodstock' during the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival at the Vue West End on October 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Henry Goodman arrives for the premiere of 'Taking Woodstock' during the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival at the Vue West End on October 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - AUGUST 5: Henry Goodman performs in the musical 'Follies' playing at the Royal Festival Hall August 5, 2002 in London, England. 'Follies' is a Stephen Sondheim musical, produced by Raymond Gubbay. (Photo By John Li/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 09: Actor Henry Goodman from Fiddler on the Roof production poses backstage at the Laurence Olivier Awards at Grosvenor House on March 9, 2008 in London. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Henry Goodman attends as The Laurence Olivier Awards nominees are announced at Rosewood London on March 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Rory Kinnear attends the World Premiere of 'Cuban Fury' at Vue Leicester Square on February 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Rory Kinnear attends the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel on November 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Actor Rory Kinnear attends the premiere of 'Broken' during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Actor Rory Kinnear attends the premiere of 'Broken' during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Anna Chancellor attends as The Laurence Olivier Awards nominees are announced at Rosewood London on March 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Anna Chancellor attends as The Laurence Olivier Awards nominees are announced at Rosewood London on March 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Anna Chancellor attends the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel on November 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Anna Chancellor attends the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel on November 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Anna Chancellor during The Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House on April 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Anna Chancellor attends The Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House on April 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Actress Lesley Manville arrives on the red carpet for the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Actress Lesley Manville arrives on the red carpet for the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Presenter and actress Lesley Manville attends the ceremony for the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Lesley Manville attend the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel, on May 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Actress Lesley Manville attends The Olivier Awards 2011 at Theatre Royal on March 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actress Lesley Manville receives an award onstage at AARP Magazine's '10th Annual Movies For Grownups' at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Actress Lesley Manville attends the South Bank Sky Arts Awards at The Dorchester on January 25, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Hayley Atwell attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England. Regarded as a relaxed end to the awards show season, the Jameson Empire Awards celebrate the film industry’s success stories of the year with winners being voted for entirely by members of the public. Visit empireonline.com/awards2014 for more information. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Jameson)
British actress Hayley Atwell poses for pictures as she arrives for the 2014 Empire Awards in central London on March 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Hayley Atwell attends the UK Film Premiere of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Westfield London on March 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
British actress Hayley Atwell poses for photographs as she arrives to attend the UK premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in London on March 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Actress Hayley Atwell attends the UK Film Premiere of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Westfield London on March 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actress Hayley Atwell attends Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actress Hayley Atwell arrives at the premiere Of Marvel's 'Captain America:The Winter Soldier at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - Screen stars Jude Law, Tom Hiddleston and Judi Dench are among big-name nominees as Britain's theater community gets set for the Laurence Olivier Awards.

Two members of Swedish supergroup ABBA are set to perform during Sunday's ceremony at London's Royal Opera House, celebrating the 15-year West End run of "Mamma Mia."

New musical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and Stephen Sondheim revival "Merrily We Roll Along" lead the nominations, with seven apiece. Musicals "Once," ''The Book of Mormon" and "The Scottsboro Boys" - all of which originated on Broadway - are nominated in six categories each.

Law and Hiddleston are both best-actor nominees for Shakespeare roles, in "Henry V" and "Coriolanus," respectively. They are nominated alongside Henry Goodman for "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" and Rory Kinnear for "Othello."

Dench is a best-actress contender for her performance as the real-life inspiration for "Alice in Wonderland" in "Peter and Alice." The other nominees are Anna Chancellor for "Private Lives," Lesley Manville for "Ghosts" and Hayley Atwell for "The Pride."

The Olivier awards honor achievements in London theater, musicals, dance and opera.

Winners in most categories are chosen by a panel of stage professionals and theatergoers. The Audience Award, decided by public vote, is a contest among fan favorites "Matilda The Musical," ''Les Miserables," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "Wicked."

Founded in 1976, the Oliviers have been laying on the glitz in recent years, with glossy ceremonies modeled on Broadway's Tony Awards. This year's hosts are actors Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan, and performers include tenor Joseph Calleja, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
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