The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Will Be Presented Nov. 25; James Corden Hosts

By Mark Shenton
September 26, 2012

This year's London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, now in their 58th year, are to be presented Nov. 25 in a ceremony to be held at the Savoy Theatre. The awards will be presented by James Corden, no stranger to awards himself as the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor for his recent appearance in the Broadway transfer of One Man, Two Guvnors.



The awards, which are being presented in association with the luxury brand Burberry, will be co-hosted by the newspaper's chairman and owner, Evgeny Lebedev, Burberry chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, and American Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.

Marking Burberry's involvement, a new category has been created for this year: The Burberry Award for Emerging Director. The other regular categories will also include the Lebedev Special Award, which can be awarded to a writer, performer, director or institution for a specific piece of work of as a lifetime achievement award, and the long-standing Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright, named in honor of Anna Wintour's father and former Editor of the Evening Standard.


A panel of theatre critics that includes the Standard's Henry Hitchings, the Mail on Sunday's Georgina Brown, The Observer's Susannah Clapp, The Times's Libby Purves, the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer and the International Herald Tribune's Matt Wolf are joined by the Evening Standard's Editor Sarah Sands to choose the winners.