The London Evening Standard today reveals the shortlist for the 2017 Theatre Awards in association with Qatar Airways, taking place on Sunday, 3 December at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The annual awards, marking their 63rd year, will be co-hosted by the newspaper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev, American Vogue editor-in-chief, Dame Anna Wintour, star of stage and screen Cate Blanchett and Hamilton creator and original star Lin-Manual Miranda. The on-stage host for the evening is Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
In a spectacular year for the London stage, three theatres dominate the shortlist, the National Theatre, The Royal Court and Islington’s Almeida. Each have seven chances of winning awards. Jez Butterworth’s new play, The Ferryman, a collaboration between the Royal Court, where it began its sell out run before transferring to the West End, and Sonia Friedman productions leads with four mentions. Dominic Cooke’s sumptuous revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and James Graham’s witty play about the birth of The Sun newspaper, Ink, are close behind with three each.
This year’s shortlist reflects an exceptional year for new writing in London, with recognition in one or more categories for plays from leading writers Jez Butterworth (whose previous play Jerusalem won the Evening Standard Best Play in 2009), James Graham (Ink), Mike Bartlett (Albion), and Lucy Kirkwood (The Children).
The thriving relationship between London’s subsided and commercial theatre is also reflected by the number of productions to have achieved successful West End transfers (Hamlet, Ink, The Ferryman, Oslo).
The winners will be announced on Sunday, 3 December.
”In turbulent and uncertain times which will no doubt inspire a wave of great new plays soon enough, the global preeminence of the London stage is a rare and precious constant. This year, as every year, the short list for our awards illuminates its range, variety and sheer brilliance. It is my privilege to join Dame Anna Wintour in hosting an event that recognises the dazzling array of talent, emerging and established, that perennially confirms London’s theatre as the best in the world. ” – Evgeny Lebedev, Owner, London Evening Standard
London Evening Standard Award Shortlist
Best Actor in partnership with Ambassador Theatre Group
Andrew Garfield Angels in America (National Theatre)
Andrew Scott Hamlet (Almeida & Harold Pinter Theatre)
Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress in partnership with Christian Louboutin
Laura Donnelly The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)
Victoria Hamilton Albion (Almeida)
Glenda Jackson King Lear (Old Vic)
Best Musical Performance
Robert Fairchild An American in Paris (Dominion)
Best Play in partnership with Hiscox, official Arts Partner of the Evening Standard
Milton Shulman Award for Best Director
Dominic Cooke Follies (National Theatre)
Soutra Gilmour Twelfth Night (National Theatre)
Charles Wintour Award for most promising Playwright
Branden Jacobs-Jenkin An Octoroon (Orange Tree)
Katherine Soper Wish List (Royal Exchange Manchester & Royal Court)
Emerging Talent Award
Tom Glynn-Carney The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)
Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical
An American in Paris Dominion
Bat out of Hell – The Musical Coliseum
School of Rock
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical Menier Chocolate Factory
She Loves Me