New writing powerhouse the Royal Court dominates the 56th London Evening Standard Theater awards shortlist with 11 of the 28 nominations.
On top of bids in acting and design categories, the Court cannot lose either the best play or the most promising playwright categories since all six noms are for plays presented there. Nick Payne, one of the newcomer nominees is, however, jointly nommed for his Court play “Wanderlust” and “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” which was produced at the Bush theater.
Running a close second, the National Theater has 10 noms, including a lockdown on director with all four nominees. These include a.d. Nicholas Hytner for his trio of productions — Alan Bennett’s “The Habit of Art,” “London Assurance” and “Hamlet” — and Howard Davies, who is also nommed for his production of “All My Sons” at the Apollo.
The last of these is a rarity in the list since it is a nom for a production in the West End. Of the 28 mentions, 22 are from government-subsidized, not-for-profit venues with just six for productions in the commercial sector.
The Royal Court’s “Clybourne Park,” by U.S. scribe Bruce Norris, which is nommed for play and actress (Sophie Thompson), transfers to the West End in January.
The ceremony, the first in the London legit awards season, will take place at a dinner at the Savoy hotel on Nov. 28.
Complete list of nominees:
And the nominees are:
Roger Allam, “Henry IV Parts One and Two,” Shakespeare’s Globe
Rory Kinnear “Measure for Measure,” Almeida. “Hamlet” National
David Suchet, “All My Sons,” Apollo
THE NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Nancy Carroll, “After the Dance,” National
Elena Roger, “Passion,” Donmar Warehouse
Sheridan Smith, “Legally Blonde,” Savoy
Sophie Thompson, “Clybourne Park” Royal Court
Mike Bartlett,”Cock” Royal Court
Bruce Norris, “Clybourne Park”
Roy Williams, “Sucker Punch,” Royal Court
THE NED SHERRIN AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
Les Misérables (2010 Cameron Mackintosh production) Barbican
Passion, Donmar Warehouse
Howard Davies, “The White Guard,” National/”All My Sons”
Nicholas Hytner, “The Habit of Art,” National/”London Assurance,” National/”Hamlet”
Laurie Sansom, “Beyond the Horizon” and “Spring Storm,” National
Thea Sharrock, “After the Dance”
Miriam Buether “Earthquakes in London,” National, “Sucker Punch”
Bunny Christie “The White Guard”
Christopher Oram “Passion”/”Red,” Donmar Warehouse
THE CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT
DC Moore, “The Empire,” Royal Court
Nick Payne, “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” Bush/”Wanderlust,” Royal Court
Anya Reiss, “Spur of the Moment,” Royal Court
THE MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER
Melanie Chisholm, for her performance in “Blood Brothers,” Phoenix
Daniel Kaluuya, for his performance in “Sucker Punch”
Isabella Laughland, for her performance in “Wanderlust”
Shannon Tarbet, for her performance in “Spur of the Moment” Royal Court
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