From fresh talent to A-list stars, we reveal London theatre’s biggest and brightest names in the running for this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards
A cavalcade of stars including Glenn Close, Noma Dumezweni, Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellen, James Norton, Billie Piper and Patrick Stewart, are up for the top gongs at the 62nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
It has been a spectacular year for London theatre and our diverse longlist, revealed today, represents the best of what the capital has to offer — from Chekhov to Harry Potter, tiny fringe gems to West End smash-hits, unexpected revivals to fresh new ideas, emerging talent to A-list stars.
Shows are eligible for the awards if they opened in London between November 22, 2015, and September 30 this year.
The shortlist will be revealed in Monday’s paper and the winners will be announced at the ceremony co-hosted by Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev and Sir Elton John at the Old Vic on November 13.
Kenneth Branagh, The Entertainer (Garrick)
Dominic Cooper, The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath/Theatre Royal Haymarket)
O-T Fagbenle, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre, Lyttelton)
Ralph Fiennes, The Master Builder (Old Vic)/Richard III (Almeida)
James McArdle, Platonov (Chichester Festival Theatre/National Theatre, Olivier)
Simon McBurney, The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival/Barbican)
Ian McKellen, No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s)
James Norton, Bug (Found111)
Stephen Rea, Cyprus Avenue (Royal Court, Jerwood Upstairs)
Danny Sapani, Les Blancs (National Theatre, Olivier)
Patrick Stewart, No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s)
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