The Oscar winner scored rave reviews for her portrayal of scientist Rosalind Franklin in the new show, which opened in the British capital in September (15).

She has now won a best actress nod ahead of the annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and she will compete for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, named after Liam Neeson's late wife.

Other contenders in the category include Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Nell Gwynn as well as Denise Gough (People, Places And Things) and Lia Williams (Oresteia).

The best actor category is also a starry affair, with James MCAvoy (The Ruling Class) set to take on Hollywood veteran Ralph Fiennes (Man And Superman), along with Simon Russell Beale (Temple) and Kenneth Cranham (The Father).

Imelda Staunton will compete for the Best Musical Performance prize for her role in Gypsy, and Gemma Arterton is up for Best Newcomer in a Musical for Made In Dagenham.

The awards will be handed out during a ceremony at London's Old Vic theatre on 22 November (15) which will be co-hosted by stars including Judi Dench and Sir Ian MCKellen.