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Lesley Manville and James McAvoy will reveal the lucky actors, productions and creatives competing for London theatre’s most sought-after prizes when they announce the nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard next Monday.

The acclaimed stage and screen actors, who follow in the footsteps of 2014 Nominations Announcement hosts Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman, will oversee proceedings as the announcement is streamed live from Rosewood London on 9 March at 12:00.

Manville took home the Best Actress Award at last year’s star-studded ceremony after wowing audiences with her stunning portrayal of Helene Alving in Richard Eyre’s three-time Olivier Award-winning production of Ghosts.

X-Men star McAvoy, who is currently starring in The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios, was nominated for the Best Actor prize in 2013 following his performance in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.

The nominations announcement will cover all of the prestigious categories including the This Morning Audience Award, for which the theatregoing public have until midday on Thursday to vote for their favourite long-running production.

Theatre fans around the world can watch the announcement as it happens on the Olivier Awards website, but we’ll also be keeping you up to date on Twitter, where in addition to revealing the highly anticipated nominees we’ll also be posting all the best backstage moments from the event.

The most illustrious of all theatre awards ceremonies, the Olivier Awards with MasterCard will take place at London’s iconic Royal Opera House on 12 April, where next week’s nominees will join star-studded guests for the glorious celebration of London theatre.

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Mar 4, 2015

Earlier this evening, James McAvoy and wife Anne-Marie Duff hit the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards. The first few HQ images have been added, with hopefully more on the way.

Update: An additional 121 high-quality images have now been added to the gallery!

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Feb 8, 2015

For the first time ever, this year’s 30-page portfolio—featuring no fewer than 44 Blighty icons, from Eddie Redmayne to Dame Judi Dench—comes accompanied by a short film, directed by Bell and viewable right here on VF.com. The film, told in three parts, depicts the Brits “Preparing for War”, then “Coming to America” to infiltrate the film industry. Given the number of British actors nominated for Academy Awards this year, the title of the third film should come as no surprise: “Victory Is Assured.”

Feb 4, 2015

The gallery has just been updated with 471 Blu-Ray screen captures of James McAvoy from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her”, the final film from our “Eleanor Rigby” trilogy. This version of the film is from Eleanor’s perspective, so there are fewer scenes that include James, though again there are also alternative and re-imagined scenes which you can’t find in “Them” or “Him”.

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Feb 4, 2015

The gala performance of “The Ruling Class” took place in London this week (Jan. 28), and we now have HQ images in the gallery from the after party. The show itself is generating very good reviews; I can’t wait to see it!

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Public Appearances > 2015 > Jan 28 | “The Ruling Class” Gala Performance After Party

Jan 31, 2015

The gallery has just been updated with 1,313 Blu-Ray screen captures of James McAvoy from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him”. This version of the film is from Conor’s perspective, so there are a lot of additional scenes which you won’t find in “Her” or “Them”.

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Film Productions > The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) > “Him” Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)

Jan 30, 2015

Plays with fat star-parts tend to survive. Even if the class antagonism in Peter Barnes’s 1968 extravaganza now looks a bit blatant, the piece has a juicy lead role that Peter O’Toole played on screen with mercurial fervour. Following in his footsteps, James McAvoy lends Jamie Lloyd’s revival a no less astonishing physical bravura.

McAvoy plays Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, who, believing he is the New Testament God, is immediately classified as mad. “How do you know you are God?” he is asked. “Simple,” he replies. “When I pray to Him, I find I am talking to myself.”

Plots by the family to strip Jack of his title are, however, foiled by an enthusiastic therapist who restores him to what passes for sanity. Once Jack joins the ranks of the hangers and floggers, espouses Old Testament values and announces “there is no love without fear”, he is ready to take his place in the House of Lords.

I’d be the last person to deny that class is still a potent factor in British life, but there are times when Barnes’s play betrays its age: the assumption that all bluebloods are barking and that the Lords is a rest home for neanderthals is very much of the late 1960s. But Barnes’s play has as an intoxicating energy that allows characters to spring into song-and-dance at a moment’s notice and still touches a few raw nerves.

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Jan 29, 2015

The gallery has just been updated with 1,232 gorgeous Blu-Ray quality screen captures of James McAvoy from his 2014 drama “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them”. All three versions of the film are now available on iTunes, and screen captures from all versions will be added to the site.

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Film Productions > The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) > “Them” Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)

Jan 27, 2015

James McAvoy isn’t sleeping well. The last time he appeared on the London stage, playing Macbeth two years ago, he would wake every day at 2am or 3am and find it impossible to drift off again. Now, as he returns to the Trafalgar Studios to star in Peter Barnes’s antic 1968 satire The Ruling Class, the same thing is happening.

If anything, the demands of this role are even greater than those of the Thane of Cawdor. “Macbeth was more physical than any action movie I’ve done, so I didn’t think I’d have anything to worry about,” he says, rocking back on a chair in a deserted rehearsal room. “But this has turned out more physical still. Not violent – well, sometimes it’s violent… It’ll be a massive workout, really.”

When we meet, on a bone-cold winter evening, McAvoy, 35, has been in rehearsals for a month. He looks lean and a little frayed, grey flecks in his hair. This is the first time Barnes’s play has been revived since it played the West End in 1969. The director Jamie Lloyd, who will shortly spring into the rehearsal room, rediscovered it in an anthology of Sixties plays. There was also a 1972 film version, in which Peter O’Toole took the starring role, but both Lloyd and McAvoy have tried to avoid it.

“I play football sometimes with Patrick Marber and I told him that I was doing The Ruling Class,” says McAvoy, “and he said that he’d played Jack Gurney, my part, when he was at university, when he was at Oxbridge or wherever he was. It seems that loads of drama students maybe do it, but it seems to be that professionally people are scared of doing it. But it’s the right time to tell it now.”

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Jan 27, 2015

I’ve just updated the gallery with additional stills, posters and on set images of James from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”.

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Jan 20, 2015