Rock 'n' Roll — which spans the period from Czechoslovakia’s Prague spring of 1968 to the then-communist country’s Velvet Revolution of 1989 — was named Best Play with Caroline, or Change — the Broadway musical about the friendship between an African-American maid and her employer's son — taking home the prize for Best Musical. Rufus Sewell won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Jan, a music-loving Czech student in Rock 'n' Roll. Sewell bested Kevin Spacey (A Moon for the Misbegotten), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) and Bill Irwin, who won a 2005 Tony for his performance in the Broadway mounting of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Irwin's co-star on Broadway and in London, Kathleen Turner, was named Best Actress for her performance as Martha.
Although Rock ‘n’ Roll came away with the Best Play honor, Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon, which arrives on Broadway next year, won the inaugural editor’s award, a prize recognizing an outstanding contribution to the West End.
The complete list of Evening Standard Award winners follows:
Best Play: Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard
Best Actor: Rufus Sewell for his performance in Rock 'n' Roll
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Sydney Edwards Award for Best Director: Marianne Elliott for Pillars of the Community
The Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright: Nina Raine for Rabbit
Best Musical: Caroline, or Change
Best Design: Timothy Bird and David Farley for Sunday in the Park With George
The Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer: Andrew Garfield for Beautiful Thing; Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship; The Overwhelming
Editor's Award: Frost/Nixon
Special Award: The Tricycle Theatre for its pioneering work in political theatre