Passion and Clybourne Park Win Evening Standard Awards; Sir Peter Hall, Michael Gambon Honored

News   Passion and Clybourne Park Win Evening Standard Awards; Sir Peter Hall, Michael Gambon Honored
Passion was named the Best Musical and Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park won the Best Play Award at the 56th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, presented Nov. 28 in a ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel. Also honored with special awards were Sir Peter Hall, presented with the Moscow Art Theatre's Golden Seagull Award for his contribution to world theatre, and Sir Michael Gambon, who was awarded the Lebedev Special Award for his contribution to British theatre.

Sondheim and Lapine's Passion won the Best Musical Award for the Donmar Warehouse production, whose run ended Nov. 27. The show has been previously seen in the West End at the Queen's Theatre in 1996, but the award doesn't necessarily have to go to a new musical. Also on the short-list for the award were the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables, seen at the Barbican Theatre, and the West End transfer of Broadway's Legally Blonde.

Norris's Clybourne Park won the Best Play Award for its British premiere at the Royal Court, that will transfer to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre in January. The play originally premiered in a different production at New York's Playwrights' Horizons earlier this year. Also shortlisted for Best Play were Mike Bartlett's Cock and Roy Williams's Sucker Punch, both of which had also been premiered at the Royal Court.

The Best Actor and Actress awards went to Rory Kinnear (for his performances in Measure for Measure at the Almeida and the title role in Hamlet at the National) and Nancy Carroll (for her performance in After the Dance, also at the National Theatre). Howard Davies was named Best Director for his productions of The White Guard at the National and All My Sons at the West End's Apollo (a play he had previously also directed at the National with the same creative team).

The Royal Court's production of Sucker Punch earned two awards, with designer Miriam Buether named Best Designer for her work on it as well as Earthquakes in London at the National. A brand-new Editor's Award for a Shooting Star was presented to 21-year-old Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Sucker Punch. Kaluuya had been shortlisted for the Most Promising Newcomer award, which went to You Me Bum Bum Train, created by Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd, presented at the LEB Building.

Anya Reiss was named Most Promising Playwright for Spur of the Moment, a play written when she was just 17 that was premiered at the Royal Court. In a press statement, the Evening Standard's deputy editor Sarah Sands commented, "This year's winners illustrate the astonishing range of talent drawn to the stage. London theatre is, by far, the best in the world, and the Evening Standard is proud of its deep associations with it." Sands is part of the judging panel that also featured Evening Standard critic Henry Hitchings, The Observer's Susannah Clapp, International Herald Tribune's Matt Wolf, the Mail on Sunday's Georgina Brown and the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer.

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