NEWS: National Theatre leads the Evening Standard Theatre Awards with 14 nominations

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The shortlist for the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards has been unveiled. The winners will be announced on Sunday 18 November at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

While the subsidised theatres dominate, many of the productions shortlisted have been such strong critical and commercial hits that they have transferred or are about to transfer to the West End or Broadway.

Highlights include:

  • Laura Linney and Carey Mulligan shortlisted in Best Actress category
  • Bryan Cranston, Ralph Fiennes and Ian McKellen up for Best Actor
  • Gender-swap revival of Sondheim’s Company shortlisted in four categories
  • Post-AIDS play The Inheritance competes in three categories
  • National Theatre has 14 mentions on the shortlist

In the category of Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, two performances in one-woman plays go head to head. Laura Linney is shortlisted for her solo performance in an adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton. Up against her is Carey Mulligan in Dennis Kelly’s Girls and Boys.

Completing the Best Actress line-up are Cecilia Noble in a comic role in Nine Night, Lia Williams as the schoolmistress in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Sophie Okonedo as the Egyptian queen in Antony and Cleopatra.

Okonedo’s co-star Ralph Fiennes, playing Antony in the National Theatre production, is shortlisted for Best Actor. Two other National Theatre productions are recognised in the Best Actor category: Bryan Cranston in Network and Colin Morgan for Translations, a revival of Brian Friel’s classic play. Also competing for Best Actor are Ian McKellen as King Lear and Kyle Soller in the post-Aids play The Inheritance.

Contenders for Best Play include three female writers – Laura Wade, Annie Baker and Ella Hickson. They are up against works by New Yorker Matthew Lopez and, from Italy, Stefano Massini (with his adaptor Ben Power, deputy artistic director of the National Theatre).

The National Theatre leads the shortlist with 14 mentions. The production to make the most appearances on the shortlist is Marianne Elliott’s gender-swap revival of Sondheim’s musical, Company, followed by The Inheritance, which has three.

The Emerging Talent Award, recognises the stars of tomorrow. The contenders are Hamilton’s Jamael Westman, Rona Morison in The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie, Debris Stevenson, creator and star of Poet in da Corner, and Chris Walley, making his stage debut in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Director Roy Alexander Weise is also shortlisted for his work on two productions: Nine Night at the National Theatre and Br’er Cotton at Theatre503.

The Evening Standard Theatre Awards are hosted by the newspaper’s owner Evgeny Lebedev with his co-hosts Anna Wintour, Claire Foy and Idris Elba. The ceremony will be presented by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018: Shortlist

Best Actor in partnership with Ambassador Theatre Group

Bryan Cranston Network, National Theatre (Lyttelton)
Ralph Fiennes Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre (Olivier)
Ian McKellen ­
King Lear, Minerva Chichester and Duke of York’s
Colin Morgan ­
Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)
Kyle Soller
The Inheritance, Young Vic and Noël Coward Theatre

Natasha Richardson Award For Best Actress in partnership with Christian Louboutin

Laura Linney My Name Is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre
Carey Mulligan ­
Girls and Boys, Royal Court
Cecilia Noble 
Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)
Sophie Okonedo ­
Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre (Olivier)
Lia Williams 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse

Best Play in partnership with Chanel

Home, I’m Darling ­Laura Wade, National Theatre (Dorfman)
The InheritanceMatthew Lopez, Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre
John Annie Baker, National Theatre (Dorfman)
The Lehman Trilogy Stefano Massini, (adapted by Ben Power), National Theatre
The Writer
(Lyttelton) – Ella Hickson, Almeida

Milton Shulman Award For Best Director

Stephen Daldry The Inheritance, Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre
Marianne Elliott
Company, Gielgud Theatre
Robert Hastie
The York Realist, Donmar Warehouse
Phyllida Lloyd
Tina, Aldwych Theatre
Ian Rickson Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)

Best Musical

Caroline, or Change – Minerva Chichester & Hampstead Theatre
Company
– Gielgud Theatre
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
– Apollo Theatre
Fun Home
– Young Vic
Hamilton
– Victoria Palace

Best Musical Performance

Sharon D ClarkeCaroline, or Change, Minerva Chichester & Hampstead
Rosalie Craig
Company, Gielgud Theatre
Arinzé Kene
Misty, Bush and Trafalgar Studios
Kelli O’Hara The King and I, Palladium
Adrienne Warren
Tina, Aldwych

Best Design

Miriam Buether The Jungle, Young Vic and Playhouse Theatre
Bunny Christie
Company, Gielgud Theatre
Es Devlin Girls and Boys, Royal Court
Rae Smith Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)
Jan Versweyveld ­
Network, National Theatre (Lyttelton)

Charles Wintour Award For Most Promising Playwright

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm Br’er Cotton, Theatre503
Natasha Gordon
Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)
Francis Turnly
The Great Wave, National Theatre (Dorfman)

Emerging Talent Award in partnership with Access Entertainment

Rona Morison The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse
Debris Stevenson Poet in da Corner, Royal Court
Chris Walley The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noël Coward Theatre
Roy Alexander Weise
(director) ­– Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)/Br’er Cotton, Theatre503
Jamael Westman Hamilton, Victoria Palace

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