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Corden v Law in Oliviers battle

Gavin and Stacey star James Corden is up against Jude Law for a prestigious theatrical award.

The pair are both in the running for the Best Actor gong at this year's Olivier Awards.

Among the other names shortlisted for the award are Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for their shared roles in the National Theatre production of Frankenstein.

Corden has been widely praised by the critics for his performance in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors which has been a huge West End hit.

Law was nominated for his role in Anna Christie.

There was a strong showing by Matilda the Musical which picked up 10 nominations - the maximum number for a stage musical this year.

Among the nominations for the show - inspired by the Roald Dahl story - were nods for Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical and a collective nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the four young performers who take the title role.

They are up against performers including former Coronation Street star Sarah Lancashire for the prize.

Among the names nominated for Best Actress are Kristin Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie and Ruth Wilson who was recently romantically linked to her Anna Christie co-star Depp.

The awards will be handed out on April 15 at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London.

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