This year's Olivier Award Nominations, announced yesterday, were kind to the big musicals Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Merrily We Roll Along, and both shows earned three nods each in the design categories. But the play Chimerica and the musical The Light Princess also did well in the design categories, each earning three as well. 

Mark Thompson is a double nominee for his sets and costumes for CharlieCharlie and Merrily led total nominations with seven each, with shows like The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, Once and the aforementioned Chimerica also bringng in a nice number of nod as well. All of this year's nominated desigers are UK-based, unlike the Tonys, which usually have a mix of US and UK based designers. 

Interestingly, the Oliviers offer sponsorships for certain categories, and as a result several known industry companies' names are attached to the design nominations, such as White Light, XL Video, and Autograph Sound, who oddly enough sponsor the Best Music category but not Best Sound Design. 

Here is the list of this year's nominees:

White Light Award For Best Lighting Design:

Paule Constable – The Light Princess

Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross – Chimerica 

Peter Mumford – Ghosts

Paul Pyant – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

 

Best Sound Design

Simon Baker – The Light Princess

Carolyn Downing – Chimerica

Clive Goodwin – Once

Gareth Owen – Merrily We Roll Along 

 

Best Costume Design

Nicky Gillibrand – The Wind in the Willows

Soutra Gilmour – Merrily We Roll Along 

Rae Smith – The Light Princess 

Mark Thompson – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

 

XL Video Award For Best Set Design

Bob Crowley – Once

Es Devlin – Chimerica

Tim Goodchild – Strangers on A Train

Mark Thompson – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

The Olivier Awards ceremony will be held April 13. Here is a full list of nominations.