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Evening Standard Awards 2012 - winners announced

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Theatre news

DAME Judi Dench, Lolita Chakrabarti, Nicholas Hytner and Danny Boyle were among those honoured at this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which took place yesterday evening (November 25) at London’s Savoy Hotel.

For her contribution to world theatre, Dame Judi Dench received the Moscow Art Theatre’s Golden Seagull award and Lolita Chakrabarti took the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright for her play Red Velvet, which has just completed its world premiere run at the Tricycle Theatre.

Nicholas Hytner won Best Director for Timon of Athens as well as the Lebedev Special Award for his dynamic directorship of the National Theatre, and Danny Boyle collected the Beyond Theatre award for his work organizing the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Elsewhere, Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to Simon Russell Beale for his portrayal of Stalin in Collaborators (National Theatre) and Hattie Morahan for her acclaimed performance as Nora in A Doll’s House (Young Vic).

Twenty nine year old Nick Payne became the youngest ever winner of the Best Play award for Constellations (Royal Court and now the Duke of York’s Theatre), while the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Sweeney Todd, which starred Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and transferred to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre, was named Best Musical.

Best Design went to Soutra Gilmour for Inadmissible Evidence (Donmar Warehouse) and Antigone (National Theatre) and Matthew Tennyson won The Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer for Making Noise Quietly, also at the Donmar Warehouse.

And last but by no means least, David Hare won the Editor’s Award for his contribution to theatre and Simon Godwin, Associate Director at the Royal Court, received the Burberry award for emerging director.