My favourite winners from last night's Evening Standard Theatre awards reflect the best of the old and new theatre.
First is Andrew Scott's winning performance in Present Laughter.
Not only was it such an outstanding and memorable performance deserving of a gong but the gender-swap casting decisions brought an extra special layer.
Noel Coward would have loved it and I can't wait to see the encore screening this week at the cinema.
The other win I'm particularly pleased about is Jasmine Lee-Jones, most promising playwright for seven methods of killing Kylie Jenner (Royal Court)
It is a startling piece of fresh, clever, biting contemporary theatre that speaks for now.
Full results (with links to my thoughts)
(In partnership with Ambassador Theatre Group)
NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
(In partnership with Christian Louboutin)
Dame Maggie Smith
A German Life
(In partnership with Chanel)
by Lynn Nottage
Donmar Warehouse & Gielgud
MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
The Doctor & The Wild Duck
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
BEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
My review of Sweet Charity (only joking 🤣)
(In Partnership with Michael Kors)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT
seven methods of killing kylie jenner
EMERGING TALENT AWARD
(In partnership with Access Entertainment)
Kiln Theatre & Duke of York’s
Sir Ian McKellen
for his “On Stage” tour