The 2018 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Shortlist announced

The clocks have gone back and so it’s time to start reflecting on the year gone by. And first out of the gate in terms of the major theatre awards, the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards have released their shortlist. Winners to be announced on Sunday 18th November at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

The expansion to five nominees feels like a good thing, making the lists feel a little less random, but I remain piqued at the differentiation between best actor/actress in a play and best musical performance, not least since it means no-one from Hamilton or Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is up for an individual nod, and Patti LuPone and Jonny Bailey end up robbed!

But that’s the joy of these things, they’re entirely subjective even when your panel consists of Henry Hitchings, Baz Bamigboye, Mark Lawson, Sarah Crompton and Matt Wolf. And I’m liking the love for Nine Night and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, wondering whether I should have made the effort to see Translations, and pondering whether I should be re-booking for Caroline or Change


BEST ACTOR in partnership with Ambassador Theatre Group
Bryan Cranston Network, National Theatre (Lyttelton)
Ralph Fiennes Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre (Olivier)
Ian McKellen King Lear, Minerva Chichester & Duke of York’s
Colin Morgan Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)
Kyle Soller The Inheritance, Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre

NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS in partnership with Christian Louboutin
Laura Linney My Name Is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre
Carey Mulligan Girls and Boys, Royal Court
Cecilia Noble Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)
Sophie Okonedo Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre (Olivier)
Lia Williams The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse

BEST PLAY in partnership with Chanel
Home, I’m Darling Laura Wade, National Theatre (Dorfman)
The Inheritance Matthew Lopez, Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre
John Annie Baker, National Theatre (Dorfman)
The Lehman Trilogy Stefano Massini, (adapted by Ben Power), National Theatre (Lyttelton)
The Writer Ella Hickson, Almeida

Stephen Daldry The Inheritance, Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre
Marianne Elliott Company, Gielgud Theatre
Robert Hastie The York Realist, Donmar Warehouse
Phyllida Lloyd Tina, Aldwych Theatre
Ian Rickson Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)

Caroline, or Change Minerva Chichester & Hampstead Theatre
Company Gielgud Theatre
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre
Fun Home Young Vic
Hamilton Victoria Palace

Sharon D Clarke Caroline, or Change, Minerva Chichester & Hampstead Theatre
Rosalie Craig Company, Gielgud Theatre
Arinzé Kene Misty, Bush & Trafalgar Studios
Kelli O’Hara The King and I, Palladium
Adrienne Warren Tina, Aldwych

Miriam Buether The Jungle, Young Vic & Playhouse Theatre
Bunny Christie Company, Gielgud Theatre
Es Devlin Girls and Boys, Royal Court
Rae Smith Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)
Jan Versweyveld Network, National Theatre (Lyttelton)

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm Br’er Cotton, Theatre503
Natasha Gordon Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)
Francis Turnly The Great Wave, National Theatre (Dorfman)

EMERGING TALENT AWARD in partnership with Access Entertainment
Rona Morison The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse
Debris Stevenson Poet in da Corner, Royal Court
Chris Walley The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noël Coward Theatre
Roy Alexander Weise (director) Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)/Br’er Cotton, Theatre503
Jamael Westman Hamilton, Victoria Palace

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