The Laurence Olivier Awards 2001

This years awards ceremony is being hosted by Clive Anderson.

This star-studded event has the finest talent in theatre honoured at London Lyceum Theatre.

Among those presenting the awards are The League of Gentlmen, Sacha Distel, Patricia Hodge and Victoria Wood and this programme shows all the highlights.

There is strong competition in the Best Actress category. Jessica Lange, nominated for her extraordinary performance in "Long Days Journey Into Night", joins fellow star candidates Helen Mirren ("Orpheus Descending"), Julia Ormond ("My Zinc Bed"), Harriet Walter ("Life x 3") and Julie Walters ("All My Sons").

THose in the running for Best Actor face similarly tough competition. Sean Campion and Conleth Hill ("Stones in his Pockets"), Michael Gambon ("The Caretaker"), Bill Nighy ("Blue/Orange") and Simon Russell Beale ("Hamlet") are all nominated for the coveted award.

Productions nominated for the BBC Award for Best New Play and for Best New Comedy include Frank McGuiness' "Dolly West's Kitchen", Lee Halls "Cooking with Elvis", Alan Ayckbourn's "House/Garden" and Marie Jones's "Stones in His Pockets".

"The Beautiful Game" (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton), "Fosse" (Richard Maltby Jr, Chet Walker and Ann Reinking), "Merrily We Roll Along" (Stephen Sondheim, George Furth, George S Kaufman and Moss Hart) and "The Witches of Eastwick" are all nominated for Best New Musical, while nominations for Outstanding Musical Production include "HMS Pinafore" (Gilbert & Sullivan), "Singing in the Rain" (adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green), "The King and I" (Rodgers and Hammerstein), "The Mikado" (Gilbert and Sullivan) and "THe Pirates of Penzance" (Gilbert and Sullivan).

Nominees this year include: Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Harriet Walter, Julia Ormond, Macaulay Culkin, Antony Sher, Simon Callow, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton

Genre: Entertainment

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)