Thursday, December 14News For London

Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners announced. The Ferryman wins big

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In the 63rd Evening Standard Theatre Awards the dramatic play The Ferryman wins three awards (out of its four nominations).

Jez Butterworth wins the prize for Best Play and Sam Mendes (known for Skyfall) gets the Best Director award for the epic play The Ferryman. The winner for Emerging Talent is Tom Glynn-Carney also for the same production. The Ferryman was also nominated for Best Actress but the award went to Natasha Richardson instead. She won for her performance as Glenda Jackson for King Lear (Old Vic).

The Ferryman is the first new play by Jez Butterworth in five years and it became a hit before it was even officially out in May this year. The play premiered at the Royal Court and it quickly became the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history. Huffington Post states that the play is ‘monumental’, it is ‘an instant classic’ according to The Independent and it is for sure something to see because as Daily Telegraph claims if ‘you miss this, you’ve missed a marvel’.

Due to the huge popularity and demand for tickets, the dramatic play is booking to 19 May 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre. Tickets can be found here.

The award for Best Musical Performance went to Amber Riley as Effie White for Dreamgirls (Savoy).

The winner in Best Design was Bunny Christie for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Wyndham’s), Ink (Almeida & Duke of York’s),The Red Barn (National Theatre).

Another significant moment from the night is when Andrew Garfield receives the award for Best Actor. He wins the prestigious award with his performance in Angels in America (National Theatre). Eleven years after winning the Best Emerging Talent award the popular Spiderman star Andrew Garfield is now picked for Best Actor at the same Evening Standard Theatre Awards ceremony. The production is directed by Marianne Elliott.

Here is the list of all the winners from the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017.

Best Actor
Andrew Garfield for Angels in America (National Theatre)

Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
Glenda Jackson for King Lear (Old Vic)

Best Musical Performance
Amber Riley for Dreamgirls (Savoy)

Best Play
The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth (Royal Court & Gielgud)

Best Director
Sam Mendes for The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)

Best Design
Bunny Christie for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Wyndham’s)/ Ink (Almeida & Duke of York’s) /The Red Barn (National Theatre)

Most Promising Playwright
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon (Orange Tree)

Emerging Talent Award
Tom Glynn-Carney for The Ferryman (Royal Court & Gielgud)

Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical
Bat out of Hell The Musical (Coliseum)

(Sub-editor: Sreelakshmi Vachaspathy)