Hit musicals Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along will go head-to-head at this year's (14) Olivier Awards after receiving seven nominations each.

Sam Mendes' adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book is up for Best New Musical alongside The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, and Once, while Merrily We Roll Along leads the Best Musical Revival category against The Sound Of Music and Tell Me On A Sunday.

The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boy, and Once are just one nod behind the leading pair with six apiece.

In the drama categories, Ghosts, about a woman struggling with the death of her cruel husband, is up for five prizes, including Best Revival, Best Director and Best Actress for Lesley Manville.

She will go up against fellow nominees Judi Dench (Peter & Alice), Anna Chancellor (Private Lives),and Hayley Atwell (The Pride).

The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is up for Best Actor for his powerful turn in Coriolanus, putting him in competition with Jude Law (Henry V), Henry Goodman (Arturo Ui), and Rory Kinnear (Othello).

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor alongside Ghosts' Jack Lowden are Ardal O'Hanlon (Weir), Ron Cook (Henry V), and Mark Gatiss (Coriolanus), while Best Supporting Actress hopefuls are Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Sharon D Clarke (Amen Corner), Katherine Kingsley (Msnd), and Cecilia Noble (Amen Corner).

Chimerica, Peter And Alice, 1984, and The Night Alive are all nominated in the Best New Play category.

The Olivier Awards will take place at London's Royal Opera House on 13 April (14).