The shortlists for the 57th Evening Standard Awards were announced today (7 November 2011), with subsidised venues the Royal Court and National Theatre claiming 17 nominations between them (eight and nine respectively).

We've gathered a collection of images from this year's nominated productions - including Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller who alternated as Frankenstein and The Creature at the National Theatre earlier this year and will battle it out for the Best Actor gong.

The Awards will this year be presented in a ceremony hosted by Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna Everage) which will be held at the Savoy Hotel on Sunday 20 November 2011.

For the full Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011 Shortlist click here


Best Actor Nominees Jonny Lee Miller & Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein.
Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore

James Purefoy & Best Actress Nominee Sheridan Smith in Flare Path. Photo credit: Johan Persson

James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors, Nominated for Best Play. Photo credit: Johan Persson

Best Actor Nominee Bertie Carvel in Matilda, Also Nominated for Best Musical.
Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

Jack Edwards & Reece Shearsmith in Betty Blue Eyes, Nominated for Best Musical.
Photo credit: Francis Loney

Best Actress Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas in Betryal. Photo credit: Johan Persson

Mogadishu, Nominated for Most Promising Playwright & Outstanding Newcomer.
Photo credit: Francis Loney

Men Should Weep at the National Theatre, Nominated for Best Design. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan