Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards have been announced, with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo winning Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances in Anthony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre.

Matthew Lopez’s two-part drama The Inheritance won Best Play following its premiere at the Young Vic and transfer to the Noel Coward Theater where it runs until 5 January 2019.

Marianne Elliott was named best director for her production of Company starring Rosalie Craig, who won the award for Best Musical Performance.

Best Musical un-surprisingly went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.

Miriam Buether won the award for best design for The Jungle, with her set transforming the Young Vic and Playhouse Theatre to resemble the refugee camp in Calais, France.

Natasha Gordon, who will become the first black female British playwright to have a play in the West End when Nine Night opens at Trafalgar Studios, was named most promising playwright and Jamael Westman won the Emerging Talent for his performance in Hamilton.

Theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh was given the Lebedev Award for his contribution to musical theatre.

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018: full list of winners

Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes, Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre)

Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
Sophie Okonedo, Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre)

Best Play
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez (Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre)

Milton Shulman Award for Best Director
Marianne Elliott, Company (Gielgud Theatre)

Best Musical
Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre)

Best Musical Performance
Rosalie Craig, Company (Gielgud Theatre)

Best Design
Miriam Buether, The Jungle (Young Vic & Playhouse Theatre)

Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
Natasha Gordon, Nine Night (National Theatre)

Emerging Talent Award
Jamael Westman, Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre)

Lebedev Award
Sir Cameron Mackintosh, for contribution to musical theatre

📷 Main photo: Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo in Antony & Cleopatra. Image by Johan Persson

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