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Evening Standard theatre awards shortlist: Stan's choices and predictions

Evening Standard announced the shortlist for its annual theatre awards today or the BAFTA's to the Olivier's Oscars as I like to think of it. Here's my pick of winners and which I think will win - I've omitted anything musical/production related and those categories where I've only seen one out of the three shortlisted plays.

BEST PLAY

  • Constellations by Nick Payne (Royal Court Upstairs)
  • Love and Information by Caryl Churchill  (Royal Court Downstairs)
  • This House by James Graham (National’s Cottesloe)

 Stan's choice: Love and Information is my least favourite of the three - it gave me a headache. This House was very good but I think Constellations was clever and moving.

And the winner: Probably be Love and Information just because it Caryl Churchill and it was so different and clever (but it still gave me a headache)

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Carrie Cracknell for A Doll’s House (Young Vic)
  • Nicholas Hytner for Timon of Athens (National’s Olivier)
  • James Macdonald for Love and Information (Royal Court Downstairs)
  • Ian Rickson for Hamlet (Young Vic)

Stan's choice: Even though it isn't my favourite I think James Macdonald should win just for the sheer logistics of directing a play of that scope and variety.

And the winner: Love and Information. For reasons I've mentioned above. I think Hamlet and A Doll's House were quite devisive and therefore that will count them out and although Timon was fab not sure it was Hytner's best and award winning work.

BEST ACTOR

  • Simon Russell Beale, Collaborators (National’s Cottesloe)
  • Charles Edwards, The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s) and This House  (National’s Cottesloe)
  • Adrian Lester, Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre)
  • Luke Treadaway, The Curious Incident of the Dog in theNight-time, (National Theatre’s Cottesloe)

Stan's choice: Have only seen SRB, Treadaway and Edwards in This House, in this category. I've heard good things about Lester but as I haven't seen Red Velvet I have to eliminate him from my choice. It's down to SRB and Treadaway. I loved both performances very much and both plays, saw them twice in fact but I think if push came to shove then Treadaway but just by a hair.

And the winner: I have a feeling that Lester will be in with a good chance but he'll be up against Treadaway. It'll definitely be one of those two.

NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
  • Eileen Atkins, All That Fall (Jermyn Street)
  • Cate Blanchett, Big and Small (Sydney Theatre Company for Barbican)
  • Laurie Metcalf, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Apollo)
  • Hattie Morahan, A Doll’s House (Young Vic)

Stan's choice: Haven't seen Blanchett of that bunch and of the remaining three the performance that sticks most in my mind is Metcalf's. It was a breathtaking productional all round and deserves to win something.

And the winner: Call me a cynic but I reckon Blanchett because she is a big name and therefore will make headlines. Whether she will deserve it is for others who saw her to say.

Winners will be announced on Sunday 25 November.

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