Among the names vying for honours are husband and wife Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti, who are both nominated for Red Velvet at the Tricycle (as Best Actor and Most Promising Playwright respectively). Lester and Chakrabarti also made the Standard's recent 1000 list of most influential people.
Elsewhere, Cate Blanchett is shortlisted for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her role in Gross und Klein (Big and Small) at the Barbican, while the Best Play category includes young writers Nick Payne (28) for Constellations and James Graham (30) for This House.
And the Young Vic's acclaimed revival of A Doll’s House is up for three awards - Best Director, the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress and Best Design.
Sarah Sands, editor of the London Evening Standard, said: “This year’s shortlist serves to remind what is so great about London’s theatre - new plays by young writers, classic drama reimagined in the most exciting ways and a host of unforgettable performances. We simply wouldn’t be a world city without this jewel in our cultural crown - it deserves the Standard’s recognition with these Awards.”
The winners, decided by a panel of theatre critics chaired by Sands, will be revealed at a ceremony presented by James Corden (who has previously hosted the Whatsonstage.com Awards) at the Savoy Hotel on 25 November 2012.
The full shortlists for the 58th Evening Standard Awards in association with Burberry:
Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
The Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer