Last night the Evening Standard honoured the Theatre world at their annual awards ceremony at the Old Vic theatre.
Nicole Kidman was named Best Actress for her role as pioneering British scientist Rosalind Franklin in the play Photograph 51. Picking up her award, she paid tribute to her scientist father who died in 2014. The Oscar-winning star had returned to the London stage for the first time in 17 years to play the role of the only woman involved in the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953.
James McAvoy won Best Actor for his performance as a English earl with a messiah complex in a revival of Peter Barnes’ 1968 satire The Ruling Class.
Imelda Staunton received a standing ovation as she picked up the Best Musicial Performance prize for Gypsy for which she took the same prize at the UK Theatre Awards.
Written in the 1950s with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy opened in Chichester in 2014 before it transferred to the West End. Sondheim was honoured on stage with a special award presented by co-hosts Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian Mckellen at the end of the ceremony.
The public-voted Radio 2 audience award for Best Musical went to Kinky Boots, which features songs by Cyndi Lauper and Gemma Arterton was named Best Newcomer in a Musical for her musical theatre debut in Made in Dagenham.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS WINNERS
- Best actor: James McAvoy, The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios
- Best actress: Nicole Kidman, Photograph 51, Noel Coward Theatre
- Best play: The Mother with the Hat (Stephen Adly Guirgis), National Theatre’s Lyttelton
- Best Director: Robert Icke, Oresteia, Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
- Best design: Anna Fleischle, Hangmen, Royal Court
- Most promising playwright: Molly Davies, God Bless the Child, Royal Court Upstairs
- Emerging talent award in partnership with Burberry: David Moorst, Violence and Son, Royal Court Upstairs
- Best musical performance: Imelda Staunton, Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
- Newcomer in a musical: Gemma Arterton, Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre
- Evening Standard Radio 2 audience award for best musical (voted for by the public): Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
- Beyond Theatre: Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty
- Editor’s award: Vanessa Redgrave
- Lebedev award: Stephen Sondheim