The London Evening Standard today announces the 2017 Theatre Awards are to take place on Sunday 3 December 2017 at a still-to-be-announced venue.
The annual awards are hosted by the newspaper’s owner Evgeny Lebedev who has invited American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Dame Anna Wintour to co-host with him this year, along with two stellar performers, Cate Blanchett and Hamilton creator and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Also announced today is the presenter of the 2017 Awards ceremony, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of the award-winning play Fleabag, now a hit BBC television series.
Cate Blanchett can be seen in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, showing at the BFI London Film Festival this October and will appear in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok next month. In 2018, Blanchett will be featured in the films Where’d You Go Bernadette, Ocean’s 8 and The House with a Clock in Its Wall.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and book for Hamilton, the hit hip-hop musical he also starred in on Broadway, about one of America’s Founding Fathers. Hamilton has been the hottest ticket on Broadway, where it won 11 Tony Awards, and an unprecedented 100,000 fans pre-registered for tickets for the London run which begins in December 2017 with the reopening at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a writer, actress and director. Her bleak, honest comedy Fleabag earned her an Evening Standard nomination for Most Promising Playwright in 2013 and later a BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy. She wrote the play for DryWrite, the theatre company of which she continues as joint-artistic director and which produced a play at Soho Theatre this year, called Touch. Waller-Bridge’s other TV roles have included the drama Broadchurch and her own BBC3 series, Crashing. She will next be seen in the new Hans Solo Star Wars spin-off movie and is currently showrunner on a forthcoming US TV eight-part thriller she has created, Killing Eve, to be aired next year.
The full list of this year’s awards will include:
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Play
- Audience Award for Best Musical
- Best Director
- Best Design
- Most Promising Playwright
- Emerging Talent Award
- Best Musical Performance
- Lebedev Award
Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the London Evening Standard, said: “If all the world’s a stage, as a playwright once said, no city across that world matches London for the range, vibrancy and global reach of its theatre. Each year, our awards recognise and reward the effort, invention and scintillating talent that sustains this preeminence. After another spectacular year, it is my privilege and my pleasure to be co-hosting the event with Dame Anna Wintour.”
Anna Wintour said: “Co-hosting the Evening Standard Theatre Awards is an absolute highlight of my year, especially after such a brilliant season on the London stage. As my father once edited the Evening Standard and helped create these awards, I feel an especially deep personal connection to them. And what an honor it will be to share the stage with Cate, Lin-Manuel and Phoebe, who have been responsible for so many unforgettable nights at the theatre—with many more to come.”
The shortlist for the 63rd Evening Standard Theatre Awards will be announced in November.
Supporters of this year’s Theatre Awards include the official Platinum Partner Michael Kors; Christian Louboutin; Really Useful Theatre Group and Hiscox, Official Arts Partner of the Evening Standard.