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Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey & More Win London’s Evening Standard Awards

Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey & More Win London’s Evening Standard Awards
Helen Mirren & Kevin Spacey
The Evening Standard Awards were presented on November 17.

London’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards were presented on November 17 at the Savoy Hotel in a black-tie gala hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis. A panel of judges chose winners in 15 categories. Maria Friedman’s production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along won Best Musical, defeating high-profile productions of The Book of Mormon and The Light Princess.

Helen Mirren took home the Best Actress prize for The Audience, Peter Morgan’s play about Queen Elizabeth’s weekly meetings with her prime ministers. (Mirren is already an Oscar winner for playing Elizabeth in The Queen.) Broadway up-and-comer Seth Numrich received the Outstanding Newcomer award for Sweet Bird of Youth.

In the honorary categories, Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey received an award his contribution to British theater, Andrew Lloyd Webber was honored for his contribution to musical theater, and Maggie Smith received the “Icon” award for her contribution to the world stage.

A complete list of winners follows:

Best Actor: (tie) Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester, Othello

Best Actress: Helen Mirren, The Audience

Best Musical Performance: Rosalie Craig, The Light Princess

Best Play: Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

Best Musical: Merrily We Roll Along

Best Director: Richard Eyre, Ghosts

Best Design: Bob Crowley, People, The Audience and Once

Most Promising Playwright: Rachel De-lahay, Routes

Emerging Talent Award: Cush Jumbo, Josephine and I

Award for Comedy: David Walliams, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Beyond Theatre Award: BBC Proms 2013

Editor’s Award: Kevin Spacey, for his contribution to British theater

Lebedev Special Award: Andrew Lloyd Webber, for his contribution to musical theater

Theatre Icon Award: Maggie Smith, for her contribution to the world stage

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