James Graham’s Best of Enemies has won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Theatre Production, it has been announced.
Winners were announced today at a ceremony held at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. The South Bank Sky Arts awards cover the entire spectrum of the arts, including pop, opera, television and literature.
Graham’s political drama, directed by Jeremy Herrin examines the bitter political rivalry between William F Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.
The sold-out hit from the Young Vic and Headlong, which originally premiered at the Young Vic in December 2021 starring David Harewood and Charles Edwards, recently confirmed it would get a West End transfer this November.
Nominations for Theatre include Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club – starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley – and The Walk, the incredible project that saw 3.5m puppet Little Amal travel through over 70 cities across the world.
Other winners included the Wayne McGregor-choreographed The Dante Project (dance) for the Royal Ballet; Opera North’s Rigoletto (opera); Huw Watkins’s Symphony No 2 (classical music) performed by the Hallé; Channel 4’s joyful and stereotype-blasting sitcom We Are Lady Parts (best comedy); Michael Armitage (visual arts) for his show at the Royal Academy of Arts; Monica Ali (literature) for her novel Love Marriage; Rebecca Hall’s Passing (film); and British rapper Little Simz for her fourth album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (pop)
An outstanding achievement award was given to Tamara Rojo, for her decade as artistic director of English National Ballet. The breakthrough award went to Liz Kingsman for her One-Woman Show at the Soho Theatre.
More details to follow.