The winners of the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards have been announced, with double wins for the National Theatre’s Antony & Cleopatra and the West End productions of Company and Hamilton.
Top acting honours went to Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo for their performances as Antony and Cleopatra at the National, while actress Rosalie Craig and director Marianne Elliott were honoured for Company at the Gielgud Theatre.
Best Musical went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton which also won Jamael Westman, playing founding father Alexander Hamilton in the London production, the Emerging Talent Award.
Matthew Lopez’s epic two-parter The Inheritance was named as Best Play and Natasha Gordon received the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright for Nine Night at the National Theatre.
The star-studded ceremony, which was co-hosted by Idris Elba, Claire Foy, Evgeny Lebedev and Anna Wintour, took place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with Phoebe-Waller Bridge as the evening’s presenter.
Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018
Ralph Fiennes for Antony & Cleopatra at the National Theatre
Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
Sophie Okonedo for Antony & Cleopatra at the National Theatre
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez at the Young Vic and Noël Coward Theatre
Milton Shulman Award for Best Director
Marianne Elliott for Company at the Gielgud Theatre
Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Best Musical Performance
Rosalie Craig for Company at the Gielgud Theatre
Miriam Buether for The Jungle at the Young Vic and Playhouse Theatre
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
Natasha Gordon for Nine Night at the National Theatre
Emerging Talent Award, in partnership with Access Entertainment
Jamael Westman for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Sir Cameron Mackintosh for his contribution to musical theatre