NEWS: The Ferryman, Follies & Ink dominate 2017 Standard Awards shortlists

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The London Evening Standard today (17 November 2017) reveals the shortlist for the 2017 Theatre Awards, for which winners are announced in a ceremony at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 3 December 2017.

In another spectacular year for the London stage, three theatres dominate the shortlist, the National Theatre, the Royal Court and Islington’s Almeida Theatre. Each has seven chances of winning awards.

Jez Butterworth’s new play, The Ferryman, a collaboration between the Royal Court, where it began its sell-out run before transferring to the West End, and Sonia Friedman productions leads with four mentions. Dominic Cooke’s sumptuous revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and James Graham’s witty play about the birth of The Sun newspaper, Ink, are close behind with three each.

This year’s shortlist reflects a strong year for new writing in London, with recognition in one or more categories for plays from leading writers Jez Butterworth (whose previous play Jerusalem won the Evening Standard Best Play in 2009), James Graham (Ink), Mike Bartlett (Albionand Lucy Kirkwood (The Children).

The thriving relationship between London’s subsided and commercial theatre is also reflected by the number of nominated productions to have achieved successful West End transfers (Hamlet, Ink, The Ferryman, Oslo).

The ceremony for the annual awards, marking their 63rd year, will be co-hosted by the newspaper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev, American Vogue editor-in-chief, Dame Anna Wintour, star of stage and screen Cate Blanchett and Hamilton creator and original star Lin-Manual Miranda. The onstage host for the evening is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The awards are sponsored by Qatar Airways, the Platinum Partner for this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards is Michael Kors. 

London Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev commented: ”In turbulent and uncertain times which will no doubt inspire a wave of great new plays soon enough, the global preeminence of the London stage is a rare and precious constant. This year, as every year, the shortlist for our awards illuminates its range, variety and sheer brilliance. It is my privilege to join Dame Anna Wintour in hosting an event that recognises the dazzling array of talent, emerging and established, that perennially confirms London’s theatre as the best in the world.”

All new productions and performances on the London stage that opened between 17th October 2016 and 19th October 2017 were eligible for consideration for this year’s Theatre Awards.

Best Actor nominees Bertie Carvel, Andrew Garfield and Andrew Scott

2017 Award shortlists

Best Actor

  • Bertie Carvel  Ink (Almeida & Duke of York’s)
  • Andrew Garfield  Angels in America (National Theatre)
  • Andrew Scott  Hamlet (Almeida & Harold Pinter Theatre)

Best Actress

  • Laura Donnelly  The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)
  • Victoria Hamilton  Albion (Almeida)
  • Glenda Jackson  King Lear (Old Vic)

Best Actress nominees Laura Donnelly, Victoria Hamilton and Glenda Jackson

Best Musical Performance

  • Janie Dee  Follies (National Theatre)
  • Robert Fairchild  An American in Paris (Dominion)
  • Amber Riley  Dreamgirls  (Savoy)

Best Play

  • The Children  Lucy Kirkwood (Royal Court)
  • The Ferryman  Jez Butterworth (Royal Court & Gielgud)
  • Ink  James Graham (Almeida & Duke of York’s)
  • Oslo  JT Rogers (National Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre) 

Best Play nominees The Ferryman, Oslo, Ink and The Children

Best Director

  • Dominic Cooke  Follies (National Theatre)
  • Robert Icke  Hamlet (Almeida & Harold Pinter)
  • Sam Mendes  The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)

Best Design

  • Jon Bausor  Bat Out of Hell – The Musical (Coliseum)
  • Bunny Christie  Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Wyndham’s)/The Red Barn (National Theatre)/Ink (Almeida &Duke of York’s)
  • Soutra Gilmour  Twelfth Night (National Theatre) 

Most Promising Playwright 

  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkin  An Octoroon (Orange Tree)
  • Al Smith  Harrogate (High Tide Festival & Royal Court) 
  • Katherine Soper  Wish List (Royal Exchange Manchester & Royal Court)

Emerging Talent

  • Sheila Atim  Girl from the North Country (Old Vic)
  • Tom Glynn-Carney  The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)
  • Luke Thallon  Albion (Almeida)

Audience Award for Best Musical (voted by the public)

  • An American in Paris  Dominion
  • Bat out of Hell – The Musical  Coliseum
  • Dreamgirls  Savoy
  • Follies  National Theatre
  • School of Rock  New London Theatre
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical  Menier Chocolate Factory
  • She Loves Me  Menier Chocolate Factory
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