Dench wins Praemium Imperiale

Arts prize is worth $186,000

Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale.

Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture.

The awards will be presented by Prince Hitachi at a ceremony on Oct. 19 in Tokyo.

This year’s other recipients are U.S. video artist Bill Viola, Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa (music director of the Boston Symphony for 29 years), Mumbai-born Brit sculptor Anish Kapoor and Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.

The Royal Court Young Writers Program, which has launched prize-winning playwrights including Lucy Prebble (“Enron”), Anya Reiss (“Spur of the Moment”) and Polly Stenham (“That Face”), is joint winner of the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists, worth $62,000.

Previous U.K. legit laureates include Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Peter Brook and Tom Stoppard.

More Legit

  • Eric McCormack First Time in Variety

    'Will & Grace' Star Eric McCormack Looks Back on Early Stage Roles

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces The Hamildrops (Listen)

    Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces 'Hamilton' Mixtape Vol. 2 With 'Ben Franklin's Song'

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

  • Pinocchio review

    London Theater Review: 'Pinocchio'

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

  • The Children review

    Broadway Review: 'The Children'

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

  • Marilyn Stasio's 10 Best New York

    10 Best New York Theater Productions of 2017

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

  • Adam Driver

    Adam Driver to Star in 'Burn This' on Broadway

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

  • The Twilight Zone review

    London Theater Review: 'The Twilight Zone'

    Actress Judi Dench is one of five individuals set to receive the 2011 Praemium Imperiale. Awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Assn., kudo bestows ¥15 million ($186,000) each on five individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in five categories: film/theater, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content