The winners will be announced in a ceremony on the 19th November.

Nominations for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards have been unveiled with the National Theatre leading the way with eight nominations, with the Almeida Theatre following close behind with six nominations. The Bridge Theatre’s production of Guys & Dolls having been nominated in five of the categories. Meanwhile, those nominated for acting awards include: Nicole Scherzinger, Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Sophie Okonedo, Patsy Ferran, Anjana Vasan and Marisha Wallace.

The winners are set to be announced in a ceremony taking place on the 19th November held at Claridge’s, hosted by the newspaper’s proprietor Lord Lebedev, alongside new co-hosts this year; David Harewood, Vanessa Kirby, Ian McKellen, Sienna Miller and this year’s presenter Susan Wokoma. Those who are on the judging panel include: Matt Wolf ( The New York Times), Nancy Durrant, (Evening Standard’s Culture Editor), Baz Bamigboye (Deadline Hollywood) and the Evening Standard’s Chief Theatre Critic Nick Curtis.

The full list of nominations are as follows:

Best Play 

Dear England, James Graham, National Theatre

A Mirror, Sam Holcroft, Almeida Theatre

The Motive and the Cue, Jack Thorne, National Theatre

Retrograde, Ryan Calais Cameron, Kiln Theatre

Best Design 

Bunny Christie, Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre

Robert Jones, Dancing at Lughnasa, National Theatre

Georgia Lowe, The Good Person of Szechwan, Lyric Hammersmith (in a co-production with ETT and Sheffield Theatres)

Tom Pye, My Neighbour Totoro, Royal Shakespeare Company/Barbican Theatre

Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress in association with Mithridate  

Patsy Ferran, A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre

Sophie Okonedo, Medea, @sohoplace

Rachael Stirling, Private Lives, Donmar Warehouse

Anjana Vasan, A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre

Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright  

Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini, Sleepova, Bush Theatre

Kimber Lee, Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play, Young Vic Theatre

Anoushka Lucas, Elephant, Bush Theatre

Isley Lynn, The Swell, Orange Tree Theatre

Best Actor 

Paapa Essiedu, The Effect, National Theatre

Mark Gatiss, The Motive and the Cue, National Theatre

Paul Mescal, A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre

Andrew Scott, Vanya, Duke of York’s Theatre

Emerging Talent 

Andrew Richardson, Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre

Taylor Russell, The Effect, National Theatre

Tatenda Shamiso, NO I.D, Royal Court

Jack Wolfe, Next to Normal, Donmar Warehouse

Best Musical Performance 

Kyle Ramar Freeman, A Strange Loop, Barbican Theatre

Nicole Scherzinger, Sunset Boulevard, Savoy Theatre

Charlie Stemp, Crazy For You, Gillian Lynne Theatre

Marisha Wallace, Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre

Milton Shulman Award for Best Director 

Rebecca Frecknall, A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre

Rupert Goold, Dear England, National Theatre

Nicholas Hytner, Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre

Jamie Lloyd, Sunset Boulevard, Savoy Theatre

Best Musical 

Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre

Standing at the Sky’s Edge, National Theatre (National Theatre and Various Productions present the Sheffield Theatres production)

A Strange Loop, Barbican Theatre

Tammy Faye, Almeida Theatre


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