2010 Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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Martin Freeman and Sophie Thompson in Clybourne Park winner of Best Play

The results are in for this years Evening Standard Theatre awards. As I read the coverage in tonight’s Evening Standard, I have to say I wasn’t surprised by any of the results. It basically boiled down to a competition between the National and the Royal Court for most of the categories. The Donmar’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion was awarded Best Musical, Clybourne Park by the American playwright Bruce Norris was best play, which will shortly be transferring to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End running from January 28th – May 7th.

Michael Gambon as Krapp

It was good to see Michael Gambon being awarded the Lebedev Special Award for his contribution to British Theatre.

Lots of the attention went to Anya Reiss who was awarded the Award for Most Promising Playwright. She rightly stated, “I know all the attention is on my age (she’s 19), ┬ábut I hope I will come to be seen as a good playwright rather than just a good young playwright.”

Peter Hall rightly championed the funding for the success story that is British Theatre lets hope those with ears to hear listen and learn.

Obviously these are London based awards, but as the capital is the heart of the UK theatre scene, the awards give a good overview of the current state of the Theatre in the UK. There is lots to be excited, and grateful for. I look forward to seeing what 2011 brings.