What’s On Magazine at The Evening Standard Theatre Awards

What’s On Magazine December issue features our pictures from 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
You will also find a comprehensive list of forthcoming events for December in your local area as well as many London exhibitions.
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The winners of the 2019 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, in association with Michael Kors, were revealed at a recent ceremony at the London Coliseum.
Andrew Scott won the Best Actor award, given in partnership with the Ambassador Theatre Group, for his performance in a gender-switched version of Noel Coward’s autobiographical comedy, Present Laughter.


For the fifth time at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Dame Maggie Smith was awarded the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, given in partnership with Christian Louboutin, for her performance as Goebbels’ secretary in A German Life. She now holds the record for most wins in this category, having previously won in 1962, 1970, 1984 and 1994. The Evening Standard’s 2019 Play of the Year is Sweat by Lynn Nottage, which explores the relationships and fears of a community left divided by de-industrialisation. The award, given in partnership with Chanel, was presented by Olivia Colman. Two productions at the Almeida, The Doctor and The Wild Duck won Robert Icke the Milton Shulman Award for Best Director, presented by co-host Helen McCrory.
Sir Ian McKellen accepted the Editor’s Award, given for his “Ian McKellen On Stage” tour, to more than 80 theatres in the year of his 80th birthday, with all proceeds going to theatres in need.
The second special award of the evening went to the legendary theatre director, Peter Brook, announced as recipient of Lebedev Award for his contribution to theatre. It was presented by Glenda Jackson who appeared in several of Brook’s productions early in her career.
Anne-Marie Duff beat Sheridan Smith and Andy Nyman to take the Best Musical Performance statuette for her role in Sweet Charity. The musical revival was Josie Rourke’s swansong production at the Donmar Warehouse.
Jamie Lloyd’s transformative revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita was named Best Musical, after a run at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre earlier this year. It transfers to the Barbican in 2020. In partnership with Michael Kors, Bunny Christie was awarded Best Design for her fearless and imaginary set design for A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Bridge Theatre.
Laurie Kynaston was presented with the Emerging Talent Award, given in partnership with Access Entertainment. He was awarded for his moving performance as a teenager with mental health issues in Florian Zeller’s The Son.
seven methods of killing kylie jenner, a boldly imaginative play about friendship, identity and internet culture, earned Jasmine Lee-Jones the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright. The award comes with generous donations made by the Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and Dame Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, Artistic Director and Global Content Advisor of Condé Nast, shared among the winner and the other playwrights shortlisted: Zoe Cooper, Yasmin Joseph and Ross Willis.
Guests were entertained with two numbers from musicals opening in London in the past week. Miriam-Teak Lee performed the Katy Perry hit Roar from & Juliet and Sam Tutty, a recent graduate of Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, sang Waving through the Window from Dear Evan Hansen.
For the second year, a special tribute was made to the Behind-the-Scenes Heroes of theatre, this time dedicated to the Stage Door Keepers. Man in the White Suit star Stephen Mangan introduced the dedication and invited 60 Stage Door Keepers to join him on stage to take a bow.
Due to their strong commitment to the arts and this year sponsoring the awards’ focus on Future Talent, Burberry and Bottega Veneta allowed the Evening Standard Theatre Awards to invite more than 700 students from some of the UK’s leading drama schools to the evening.