Last night the 62nd Evening Standard Awards took place at The Old Vic. The event was co-hosted by Sir Elton John, Evgeny Lebedev and Rob Brydon.
Best Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The play that opened on the West End’s Palace Theatre over the summer was greeted with five star reviews. If you haven’t managed to get your hands on any tickets yet, you may have to beg, borrow or steal your way in… Each Friday at 1pm the shows organisers will release 40 tickets for the coming weeks. Or you can pop your name down on the wishlist for any returned tickets.
Best Actor: Ralph Fiennes
The lead of both The Master Builder and Richard III was commended for his performances. Unfortunately, if you didn’t catch these productions over the spring and summer, you will have missed them. But if you rather fancied a spot of Shakespeare, the Barbican has a new production of King Lear opening tomorrow.
Best Actress: Billie Piper
Piper starred in Yerma at the Young Vic, the summer blockbuster at the Young Vic, which closed at the end of September. However, you can still catch Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory until 19 November.
Best musical performance: Glenn Close, Sunset Boulevard
Beating Sheridan Smith’s Funny Girl, the best musical performance award went to Glenn Close. You can still catch Sunset Boulevard, but you’ll have to get on a plane to see it. The production has moved to New York’s Palace Theatre on Broadway (opening 2 Feb 2017). Get tickets here.
Beyond Theatre: Sir David Attenborough
The Duke of Cambridge presented the award to Sir David Attenborough ‘for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.’ If you haven’t already been captivated by Planet Earth II, you must catch up. It’s breathtaking.