The 2009 Laurence Olivier Award Nominations have been announced, with La Cage Aux Follies leading the race with seven nominations in six categories. Coming in with five nominations each are musicals Jersey Boys, Zorro, and Piaf and the Gulf War drama Black Watch.

 The 2009 Laurence Olivier Award ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 8 at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

Design nominations are as follows:

Best Lighting Design:
The Chalk Garden, designed by Paule Constable at the Donmar Warehouse;
Ivanov, designed by Paule Constable, Donmar West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre;
No Man’s Land, designed by Neil Austin at the Duke of York’s Theatre;
Piaf, designed by Neil Austin at the Donmar Warehouse and Vaudeville Theatre.

Best Set Design:
August, Osage County designed by Todd Rosenthal at the National Theatre, Lyttelton;
Brief Encounter, designed by Neil Murray, projections by Gemma Carrington and Jon Driscoll at the Cinema Haymarket;
The Histories, designed by Tom Piper at the Roundhouse;
The Lover And The Collection, designed by Soutra Gilmour at the Comedy Theatre;
Marguerite, designed by Paul Brown at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Best Costume Design:
The Histories, designed by Tom Piper and Emma Williams at the Roundhouse;
La Cage Aux Folles, designed by Matthew Wright at the Playhouse Theatre;
The Norman Conquests, designed by Rob Howell at the Old Vic;
Twelfth Night, designed by Christopher Oram, Donmar West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Best Sound Design:
Black Watch, designed by Gareth Fry at the Barbican;
Brief Encounter, designed by Simon Baker at the Cinema Haymarket;
Jersey Boys The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, designed by Steve Canyon Kennedy at the Prince Edward Theatre;
Piaf, designed by Christopher Shutt, Max & Ben Ringham at the Donmar Warehouse and Vaudeville Theatre.