Shortlist Announced For Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Fiennes, McAvoy and Kidman In; Rylance, Cumberbatch and Cooper Out

News   Shortlist Announced For Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Fiennes, McAvoy and Kidman In; Rylance, Cumberbatch and Cooper Out
The shortlist of nominees for this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards has been announced, with the awards themselves to be given in a ceremony Nov. 22 at London's Old Vic.

Awards will be presented by Rob Brydon, and co-hosted by Evgeny Lebedev, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen.

Amongst the nominees are international film actors Ralph Fiennes, James McAvoy and Nicole Kidman. The National Theatre has seven shortlisted candidates in six categories, including the Broadway import of The Motherf**ker With the Hat nominated as Best Play, with the Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse shortlisted for five and four awards respectively.

Nicole Kidman in <i>Photograph 51</i>
Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 Photo by Johan Persson

 In the musicals category, there are performance award nominations for Killian Donnelly and Katie Brayben in the Broadway imports of Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical respectively, as well as Imelda Staunton for her Momma Rose in Gypsy and Rosalie Craig in the Donmar revival of City of Angels. Kinky Boots, Beautiful and Gypsy are also up for Best Musical, vying with the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Assassins and Bend it Like Beckham (the sole new British entry in the category), which will be decided by public vote.

Amongst numerous high profile omissions, there are no nominations for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mark Rylance, Benedict Cumberbatch, Damian Lewis or Bradley Cooper.

In addition to the categories announced below, there will also be presentations for the Editor's Award, given to an individual or organisation for an outstanding contribution to theatre; the Lebedev Award, presented to a writer, performer, director or institution for a specific piece of work or as a lifetime achievement award; and the Beyond the Theatre Award, for a performance, event or production beyond the realms of the stage. 

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Actor:
Simon Russell Beale, Temple, Donmar Warehouse
Kenneth Cranham, The Father, Ustinov Bath, Tricycle & Wyndham’s Theatre
● Ralph Fiennes, Man and Superman, National Theatre’s Lyttelton
● James McAvoy, The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios

Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress:
● Denise Gough, People, Places and Things, National Theatre’s Dorfman
● Nicole Kidman, Photograph 51, Noel Coward Theatre
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare’s Globe
Lia Williams, Oresteia, Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios

Best Play:
The Motherf**ker With the Hat (Stephen Adly Guirgis), National Theatre’s Lyttelton
Hangmen (Martin McDonagh) Royal Court
The Father (Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton) Ustinov Bath, Tricycle & Wyndham’s Theatre

Milton Shulman Award for Best Director:
● Robert Icke, Oresteia, Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
Jamie Lloyd, Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory
● Indhu Rubasingham, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, National Theatre’s Lyttelton

Best Design:
● Anna Fleischle, Hangmen, Royal Court
Tim Hatley, Temple, Donmar Warehouse
● Robert Jones, City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse

Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright:
● Molly Davies, God Bless the Child, Royal Court Upstairs
● Alistair McDowall, Pomona, Orange Tree Theatre & National Theatre’s Temporary Space
● Diana Nneka Atuona, Liberian Girl, Royal Court Upstairs (Peckham & Tottenham pop up venues)

Emerging Talent Award in Partnership with Burberry:
● Calvin Demba, The Red Lion, National Theatre’s Dorfman
● Patsy Ferran, Treasure Island, National Theatre’s Olivier
● David Moorst, Violence and Son, Royal Court Upstairs

Best Musical Performance:
● Katie Brayben, Beautiful, Aldwych Theatre
● Rosalie Craig, City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse
● Killian Donnelly, Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
● Imelda Staunton, Gypsy, Savoy Theatre

Newcomer in a Musical:
● Gemma Arterton, Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre
● Ellie Bamber, High Society, Old Vic
● Natalie Dew, Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre

Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical (voted for by the public):
Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre
Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre
Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre

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