Ralph Fiennes has been named best actor for his roles in The Master Builder and Richard III at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards announced just a few minutes ago.
The star-studded event, which took place at London’s The Old Vic Theatre, also saw Billie Piper named Best Actress and special awards given to Sir Kenneth Branagh and Sir David Attenborough.
Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev co-hosted this year’s awards alongside Elton John with Rob Brydon acting as presenter.
Thirteen awards which recognised excellence in theatre, and beyond, over the last year, were given.
Ralph Fiennes won Best Actor for both The Master Builder and Richard III, despite stiff competition from Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh, James McArdle and O-T Fagbenle.
Billie Piper was named Best Actress for Yerma, triumphing over Noma Dumezweni, Helen McCrory and Sophie Melville, who were all shortlisted, for the award presented in memory of the late Natasha Richardson.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won one of the three awards it was shortlisted for, pickng up the award for Best Play, which was co-written by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany.
Three special awards were also given. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, presented the first award to David Attenborough for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting. Kenneth Branagh was recipient of this year’s Lebedev Award for his Garrick season, and the efforts of Good Chance Theatre in Calais, founded by British playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, were recognised with the Editor’s Award.
Tyrone Huntley, who co-stars in the upcoming Dreamgirls Musical, was presented with the Emerging Talent Award, given for his earlier role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.
The guest list for the night included: Mark Rylance, Glenn Close, James McAvoy, Dominic Cooper, Elizabeth Debicki, Salma Hayek, Tom Hollander, John Malkovich, Ian McKellen, Tuppence Middleton, Orlando Bloom, Sir Michael Gambon, Helen McCrory, Dame Joan Collins, Dominic Cooper, Clara Paget, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Patrick and Lady Stewart.
The winners of the thirteen awards for the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards are:
BEST ACTOR Ralph Fiennes (The Master Builder (Old Vic) & Richard III (Almeida) NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS Billie Piper (Yerma (Young Vic) BEST PLAY WITH HISCOX, OFFICIAL ARTS PARTNER Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Co-written by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling & John Tiffany) BEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCE Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum) EVENING STANDARD RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR John Malkovich (Good Canary at Rose Kingston) BEST REVIVAL No Man’s Land (Directed by Sean Mathias at Wyndham’s) BEST DESIGN Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin (sound design) for The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival/Barbican) CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT Charlene James (Cuttin’ It at Young Vic/Royal Court) EMERGING TALENT AWARD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BURBERRY Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) BEYOND THEATRE Sir David Attenborough for his contribution to broadcasting EDITOR’S AWARD Good Chance Theatre LEBEDEV AWARD Sir Kenneth Branagh For his Plays at the Garrick.