They are: Best Actor for Simon Russell Beale in The Philanthropist, Best Actress for Harriet Walter in Schiller’s Mary Stuart (now transferred to the Apollo Theatre) and Best Director for artistic director Michael Grandage, who won jointly for his Donmar staging of the musical Grand Hotel and his Sheffield Crucible production of another Schiller thriller, Don Carlos, which starred Derek Jacobi and Richard Coyle and also had a sell-out season in the West End.
Billy Elliot was named Best Musical and Brian Friel’s The Home Place scooped Best Play. Unusually, a venue – the Menier Chocolate Factory, fresh from its Empty Space win – rather than an individual nabbed the prize for Outstanding Newcomer. Other awards went to Bob Crowley, Best Designer for Mary Poppins, and Nell Leyshon, who scooped the Charles Wintour Award For New Playwriting and a £30,000 cheque, for her play Comfort Me With Apples at Hampstead Theatre.
In addition to various winners and nominees, theatre luminaries at today’s event included Elton John, Gillian Anderson, Joseph Fiennes, Sinead Cusack, Felicity Kendal, Arnold Wesker, John Hurt, Stephen Daldry, Alan Rickman, Nicholas Hytner, Michael Frayn, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Blethyn, Peter Hall, Diana Quick, Jonathan Pryce, Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Rupert Graves, Alison Steadman and Patrick Stewart.
- by Terri Paddock
The full list of Evening Standard nominations - with winners in bold - is as follows:
BEST MUSICAL - The Big Life, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins.
OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER - Daniel Kramer (director) for Hair and Woyzeck at the Gate, the Menier Chocolate Factory (co-directors David Babani and Danielle Tarento) and Ben Silverstone (actor) for Man and Boy.