Cate Blanchett has been nominated for the best actress prize at Britain's Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her role in stage drama Big And Small.

Her part as Lotte in the surrealist play, which ran at The Barbican in London earlier this year (12), marks the Australian star's first U.K. stage role in more than 13 years.

She faces competition for the theatre prize from British actresses Dame Eileen Atkins (All That Fall) and Hattie Morahan (A Doll's House) as well as Laurie Metcalf (Long Day's Journey Into Night).

Last year (11), Sheridan Smith saw off competition from Kristin Scott Thomas to scoop the top actress accolade at the annual prizegiving.

Sarah Sands, editor of the London Evening Standard, says, "This year's shortlist serves to remind what is so great about London's theatre - new plays by young writers, classic drama reimagined in the most exciting ways and a host of unforgettable performances."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by British funnyman James Corden at London's Savoy Hotel on 25 November (12).