Lindsay Duncan has been nominated twice in this year's Best Actress category of the Laurence Olivier Awards. As well as her performance as Amanda in Private Lives currently playing at the Albery Theatre, Duncan is honoured for her role in Kevin Elyot's new play Mouth To Mouth which opened at the Royal Court before transferring to the Albery last summer. Her last Olivier Award was in 1986 for her role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses opposite Alan Rickman, who appears alongside Duncan again in Private Lives and is also nominated this year.
Duncan has competition in this category from Zoe Wanamaker in David Mamet's Boston Marriage, now playing at the New Ambassador's, and Victoria Hamilton in A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg which can be seen at the Comedy Theatre. Wanamaker's last Olivier win was as Sophocles Electra in 1998. She also won for Once In A Lifetime in 1979 and has received no fewer than six nominations in between. Victoria Hamilton is regarded as one of Britain's most promising young actresses and in 2000 received a Barclays/TMA Award for her Rosalind in As You Like It which some critics said was the best since Vanessa Redgrave's famous interpretation 40 years ago.