Ian Charleson Awards

We might have missed it but the publicity around the winners of this year’s Ian Charleson Awards seemed particularly muted.

Ian CharlesonEven the Sunday Times, the sponsor of the awards, gave little promotion to the nominations or winners.

This year marks 20 years since actor Ian Charleson died on 6 January 1990 of AIDS-related causes, only eight weeks after playing Hamlet in Richard Eyre’s production at the National Theatre.

He was an extremely accomplished actor, appearing in film (Chariots of Fire), TV (Oxbridge Blues) and numerous stage roles, both plays and musicals, including Guys and Dolls and Fool For Love.

The awards were established to commemorate and celebrate his life, and The Sunday Times and the National Theatre collaborate annually to present awards for outstanding performances anywhere in the UK, by actors under the age of 30 in a classical role.

Maybe the private awards lunch held annually should be webcast by the National, so everyone can celebrate the UK’s most promising actors?


Read Ian McKellen’s touching tribute to Ian Charleson’s performance in Hamlet at the National Theatre

Read Alan Bates’ 1990 tribute to Ian Charleson

📷 Main photo: We might have missed it but the publicity around the winners of this year's Ian Charleson Awards seemed particularly muted.

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  1. Lucinda Morrison

    Hello, Lucinda from the National Theatre press office here. The Sunday Times devoted a two-page feature to the Ian Charleson Awards on 20 June, celebrating not only this year’s winners but commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Awards with tributes from many former winners and judges, reflecting on the prize’s unique role in British drama. Since the Times website is now behind a paywall I’m afraid I can’t link you to it, but it was a lovely piece. However, I take your point that we at the National could perhaps do a better job of celebrating these Awards – I’ll look at putting something on our website next year, although I can’t promise a webcast!

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