Standard taps ‘City,’ ‘Arcadia’

“Arcadia,” Tom Stoppard’s play about love, death and landscape gardening, and “City of Angels,” a musical import from Broadway, were named the year’s best shows Monday at the annual Evening Standard Drama Awards.

“Arcadia” will have its U.S. premiere at New York’s Lincoln Center in 1995.

“City of Angels,” a highly acclaimed Broadway hit, failed to repeat its commercial success in London. It closed Nov. 13.

Top acting prizes went to Ian Holm, as a dying father in Harold Pinter’s “Moonlight,” and Ireland’s Fiona Shaw, as a woman sentenced to the electric chair in American writer Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal.”

A surprise choice for best director was Terry Hands for his showy Royal Shakespeare Co. production of Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great.”

The award for most promising playwright was a tie: Scotland’s Simon Donald for “The Life of Stuff” and Canadian Brad Fraser for “Unidentified Human Remains and the Nature of Love.”

The prize for best comedy went to “Jamais Vu” by alternative comic Ken Campbell.

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