London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Honor Nicholas Hytner, Simon Russell Beale, Judi Dench and More
By Mark Shenton
Winners of the 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, presented Nov. 25 at London's Savoy Theatre in a ceremony hosted by James Corden, include Best Director Nicholas Hytner, Best Actor Simon Russell Beale and Best Actress Hattie Morahan.
The Chichester revival of Sweeney Todd that transferred to the Adelphi was named Best Musical, and Nick Payne's Constellations, now newly transferred to the Duke of York's from the Royal Court, was named Best Play.
Special awards were made to Nicholas Hytner (receiving the Lebedev Special Award "for his dynamic directorship of the National Theatre"), David Hare (the Editor's Award "for his contribution to theatre"), Danny Boyle and his team (a Beyond Theatre Award for the opening ceremony of the Olympics) and Judi Dench (Moscow Art Theatre's Golden Seagull).
Another special award was made to Royal Court associate director Simon Godwin, receiving the Burberry Award for Emerging Director. In the nominated categories, other newcomers honored were Lolita Chakrabarti (winning the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright) and Matthew Tennyson (winning the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer). Soutra Gilmour won the award for Best Design.
The full list of nominees and winners are shown below in the contested categories, with winners in bold:
Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer
The judging panel for the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 in association with Burberry includes Henry Hitchings (London Evening Standard), Georgina Brown (Mail on Sunday), Susannah Clapp (The Observer), Libby Purves (The Times), Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph), Matt Wolf (The International Herald Tribune) and the London Evening Standard's Editor, Sarah Sands; with London Evening Standard Owner, Evgeny Lebedev, chairing the judges meeting.
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