Chichester Festival’s “Macbeth of a lifetime” triumphed at today’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards, winning two coveted prizes (See News, 7 Nov 2007). In a star-studded lunchtime ceremony, hosted by Richard Wilson at the Savoy Theatre, Patrick Stewart (pictured) was crowned Best Actor and Rupert Goold Best Director. (See Also Today’s Photos for our picture gallery from the Savoy).

Stewart’s win today is his second acting trophy for his title performance, following last month’s TMA Awards. Macbeth finishes its limited West End season at the Gielgud Theatre on 1 December 2007, before transferring to New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Another TMA winner was also victorious today. Polly Stenham - whose debut play That Face premiered this year at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and won the TMA Award for Best New Play – took home the Standard’s Most Promising Playwright prize, which carries with it a cheque for £25,000.

Anne-Marie Duff meanwhile triumphed over Penelope Wilton, Billie Piper and Portia to scoop Best Actress for her title performance in Marianne Elliott’s National Theatre production of Saint Joan. The NT won a second prize, Best Design, for Rae Smith and the Handspring Puppet Company for its work on Michael Morpurgo’s adaptation of children’s book War Horse, co-directed by Elliott.

Blockbuster Broadway import Hairspray, which stars Michael Ball and newcomer Leanne Jones, came tops in the Best Musical category, while Complicite’s A Disappearing Number was crowned Best Play and Stephen Wight was named Outstanding Newcomer for Don Juan in Soho at the Donmar Warehouse and the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Dealer’s Choice, which transfers to the West End next month.

The first prize-giving of the awards season – ahead of the Critics’ Circle, the Laurence Olivier and Whatsonstage.com’s own Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, all of which are announced in the new year – the Evening Standard Awards are decided by a panel of critics from the Mail on Sunday (Georgina Brown), Observer (Susannah Clapp), Times (Benedict Nightingale) and Daily Telegraph (Charles Spencer) as well as the Standard itself (Nicholas de Jongh).

- by Terri Paddock


The full shortlists – with winners denoted in bold - in this year’s 53rd annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which covers openings up until the end of October 2007, are:

BEST PLAY

  • A Disappearing Number - Simon McBurney and Complicite (Barbican)
  • Rafta, Rafta - Ayub Khan-Din (NT Lyttelton)
  • The Reporter - Nicholas Wright (NT Cottesloe)

    BEST ACTOR

  • Charles Dance - Shadowlands (Wyndham’s)
  • Robert Lindsay - The Entertainer (Old Vic)
  • Mark Rylance – Boeing-Boeing (Comedy)
  • Patrick Stewart - Macbeth (Gielgud)

    BEST ACTRESS

  • Anne-Marie Duff - Saint Joan (NT Olivier)
  • Billie Piper - Treats (Garrick)
  • Portia - A Member of the Wedding (Young Vic)
  • Penelope Wilton - John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse)

    BEST DESIGN

  • Felix Barrett & Punchdrunk - The Masque of the Red Death (BAC)
  • Robin Don - The Emperor Jones (NT Olivier)
  • Rae Smith & Adrian Kohler for the Handspring Puppet Company - War Horse (NT Olivier)
  • Anthony Ward - Macbeth (Garrick)

    THE SYDNEY EDWARDS AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

  • Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris - War Horse (NT Olivier)
  • Rupert Goold - Macbeth (Gielgud)
  • Tim Supple - A Midsummer Night\'s Dream (Roundhouse)

    THE NED SHERRIN AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL

  • Fiddler on the Roof (Savoy)
  • Parade (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Hairspray (Shaftesbury)

    THE CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT

  • Hassan Abdulrazzak - Baghdad Wedding (Soho)
  • Lucy Caldwell - Leaves (Royal Court Upstairs)
  • Polly Stenham - That Face (Royal Court Upstairs)

    THE MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER

  • Amanda Hale - The Glass Menagerie (Apollo)
  • Matt Smith - That Face (Royal Court Upstairs)
  • Stephen Wight - Dealer\'s Choice/Don Juan in Soho (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Donmar Warehouse)

    SPECIAL AWARD - Stephen Tompkins for innovative theatre architecture


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