The Royal Court led with three awards, followed by the Donmar Warehouse with two. The National scooped one award, while Shakespeare's Globe artistic director Mark Rylance received a special award for outstanding contribution to theatre, the first time the Standard has bestowed such an honour in four years.
Only two awards out of the nine, Best Musical and Outstanding Newcomer, were doled out to commercial productions: for, respectively, The Full Monty, which closed this weekend, and Hollywood young gun Jake Gyllenhaal for his performance in This Is Our Youth.
The Royal Court's premiere of Plasticine won Vassily Sigarev the award for Most Promising Playwright (which also comes with a cheque for £30,000), while Ian MacNeil's set for the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs production as well as the Theatre Downstairs production of Caryl Churchill's A Number (pictured) won him the honour for Best Stage Designer. Churchill's drama also won for Best New Play.
Beale's co-star Helen McCrory and fellow Donmar nominee Gwyneth Paltrow were beaten in the race for Best Actress by Clare Higgins in the National Theatre's production of Vincent in Brixton, which transferred to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre.
In addition to various winners and nominees, the celebrities who turned out for the Standard's presentation today included Gillian Anderson, Juliet Stevenson, Tom Stoppard, John Hurt, Richard O'Brien and Richard Eyre, who were on hand to present awards.
- by Terri Paddock
The full list of Evening Standard nominations is as follows:
BEST STAGE DESIGNER - Stephen Brimson Lewis for Much Ado About Nothing, RSC at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; William Dudley for The Coast of Utopia at the NT Olivier; Ian MacNeil for Plasticine and A Number at the Royal Court.
BEST MUSICAL - Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Victoria; The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales; My One and Only at the Piccadilly.
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