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Robert Icke wins Best Director at the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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ROBERT Icke (The Wild Duck, Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Oresteia, 1984) was named Best Director at the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

The 2019 awards ceremony, which took place last night, Sunday, November 24, 2019, at the London Coliseum, saw Robert Icke pick up the award for The Doctor ahead of its West End transfer and The Wild Duck at the Almeida in 2018.

Icke last won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director with his production of Oresteia in 2015, for which he also picked up an Olivier Award, making him the youngest ever recipient of the award at the age of 28.

Robert Icke’s sold-out, five-star Almeida Theatre production of The Doctor, which transfers to the West End in 2020, will also be extending its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre with an additional ten performances, running from April 18 to July 18, 2020.

Prior to this, the production will travel to Australia for the 2020 Adelaide Festival (February 27 to March 8), as well as enjoying a limited run at the Theatre Royal Brighton (March 30 to April 4) and Richmond Theatre (April 6 to April 11), ahead of arriving in the West End.

Upon winning Best Director at the 2019 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Robert Icke said: “I’m delighted to have received this award this evening and equally delighted that we are taking The Doctor not only to the Adelaide Festival but on a short UK tour. In the spirit of what the remarkable Sir Ian McKellen spoke about this evening, taking work beyond London is vital and I am therefore thrilled that many more people will have access to this production and to Juliet’s luminous performance.”

The Doctor stars Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Wings, Duet for One), who was also nominated in this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She received her nomination in the Best Actress category for her spellbinding and devastating portrayal of Professor Ruth Wolff in The Doctor.

First, do no harm.

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry.

In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.