Ian Charleson Awards
The Ian Charleson Awards are a respected annual UK theatre awards that celebrate exceptional classical stage performances (defined as written pre-1918) by an actor under 30 years of age. They are named in honour of Ian Charleson, a Scottish actor who performed numerous Shakespearian roles, including Hamlet at the National Theatre shortly before his death in 1990, aged 40, from AIDS. The annual awards were established in 1991 to commemorate his life and work. Also see our Awards section.