Mirren among UK hopefuls at Tonys

Dame Helen Mirren leads UK hopes at Tony theatre awards

Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience
Dame Helen starred in The Audience in London’s West End and on Broadway

Stage actors include Dame Helen Mirren and Carey Mulligan are carrying British hopes at the Tony theatre awards in New York later.

Dame Helen has been nominated for playing the Queen in Broadway transfer of The Audience, while Mulligan has been shortlisted for Skylight.

Britons Ruth Wilson, Nathaniel Parker, Ben Miles and Mulligan’s co-star Bill Nighy are also nominated.

Musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each landed 12 nominations.

Dame Helen already has an Olivier Award for the London production of The Audience and an Oscar for portraying the Queen on the big screen.

Ruth Wilson has been shortlisted for her role in Constellations, the tale of a relationship playing out across alternate universes.

Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell
Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell

US actor Bradley Cooper – currently starring in London in The Elephant Man – has also made the list of best actor candidates alongside Nighy and Wolf Hall star Miles.

Wolf Hall – based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker-prize winning work – has landed eight nominations in total, including best director for Jeremy Herrin.

Three out of the four best director contenders are also British, with Marianne Elliott and filmmaker Stephen Daldry up for Skylight.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Curious Incident tells the story of a young boy with Asperger’s

Elliott’s Broadway transfer of the National Theatre’s adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is listed alongside Disgraced, Wolf Hall and Hand to God for best play.

When she was nominated in April, she told the BBC “We had no idea when we first started how the hell this play was going to go down. We had no idea whether there’d be an audience for it. So to see it go to Broadway is quite amazing.”

The ceremony at the Radio City Music Hall in New York will be hosted by British actor Alan Cumming and musical star Kristin Chenoweth.

Read the full list of nominations.

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