The 2012 Olivier Awards take place on Sunday - and so as always we asked some of our favourite theatre types for their tips to win!
"And I finally saw Matilda on Sunday, and if those girls don't win I will cry again like I did uncontrollably after the show."
"For Best Actress, I'd vote for Sarah Lancashire
for Betty Blue Eyes. I thought she was fantastic! Then Matilda for Best New Musical, and One Man Two Guvnors for Best New Play."
"Best New Play: One Man, Two Guvnors - Richard Bean
. I'm absolutely delighted that comedy has now been integrated into the play award - I always thought it felt really condescending to comedies to separate the categories. One Man, Two Guvnors is simply one of the most entertaining shows I've seen in years. It thoroughly deserves this award.
"Best Revival: Much Ado About Nothing. I admit to being partial, I was Production Associate on this show. But I genuinely loved its inventiveness, design, score and cast. Big, bold, popular Shakespeare. A delight.
"Best Actress: Kristin Scott Thomas
. Absolutely heartbreaking, brittle and beautiful in Betrayal.
"Best New Musical: Matilda. It is wonderful to have so many great musicals in one year. I adored Betty Blue Eyes and found London Road ground-breaking and astonishing, but for sheer heart this has to go to Matilda which will, I think, be a show which is produced as often as Oliver! in years to come. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if the residents of a street in Ipswich triumph on the night.
"Best Actor in a Musical: Bertie Carvel
. A brilliant man and a brilliant performance. He never goes for the easy choice, his Trunchbull is entirely believable, quite chilling, but wonderfully funny.
"Best Actress in a Musical: The Matildas. They are forces of nature.
"Best Musical Revival: Crazy for You. I thought this got even stronger in town and was sad it didn't attract the audience it so thoroughly deserved. For me Crazy for You is one of the great musical comedies.
"Best Director: Matthew Warchus
. This is a really hard category, but I think Matilda should win. Warchus's work felt, to me, at times like it recalled Michael Bennett
in its absolute fusion of all the elements of a musical. For the same reason I feel like it should be Peter Darling
"Best Set Design: The Ladykillers. I love theatrical trickery and this set had that in abundance. Again, all of the nominees are very well deserved. I also thought Rob Jones
' design for Much Ado was gorgeous as was his move from sepia to colour in The Wizard of Oz."