What a night. The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015, which was held at The Old Vic in partnership with The Ivy, celebrated the best of British theatre over the last year - see all the winners
What a night. The 61st Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which was held at The Old Vic in partnership with The Ivy, celebrated the best of British theatre over the last year. As usual, there was a pretty eclectic celebrity line-up, from A-list actors to TV personalities and bloggers.
Rob Brydon, who hosted the ceremony alongside Evening Standard Owen Evgeny Lebedev, said: 'These awards get a lot of coverage and you need to blow the trumpet so people get to know about it. These things need to be pushed so people know what is on and that they can go out and see it.'
Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, who co-hosted the awards, , also had positive things to say about the awards. Judi said: 'These awards are very important. I think our country is wonderful and theatre particularly, and it is lovely that these things happen', while Ian said: 'This is a celebration and it is lovely. In fact, every night of the year is a celebration of theatre when the crowds come out.'
Nicole Kidman, who was wearing a lace dove detailed Alexander McQueen dress, won Best Actress for her part as Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51.
She spoke before the ceremony, saying: 'I kind of jumped into it without realising how much I was taking on so halfway through the rehearsals I got real stage fright. To be standing here today is extraordinary and I am so so glad that I did it.
'I did it for my father, who was a scientist - he has been orbiting around this whole thing - and also for Rosalind, who was not recognised in her lifetime. That has been very very important to me.'
James McAvoy picked up the Best Actor award for his role as the 14th Earl Of Gurney in The Ruling Class, and was given the award by Gillian Anderson.
Brit actress was surprised at her Newcomer In A Musical award, for Made In Dagenham, saying: 'I do not win things usually so i don't really know what to say.'
Kate Beckinsale looked beaut on the red carpet in an Alberta Feretti couture gown, for her first outing since publicly splitting with her husband Len Wiseman.
The full list of winners:
Best Actor: James McAvoy, The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios
Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress: Nicole Kidman, Photograph 51, Noel Coward Theatre
Best Play: The Mother with the Hat (Stephen Adly Guirgis), National Theatre's Lyttelton
Milton Shulman Award for Best Director: Robert Icke, Oresteia, Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
Best Design: Anna Fleischle, Hangmen, Royal Court
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright: Molly Davies, God Bless the Child, Royal Court Upstairs
Emerging Talent Award in Partnership with Burberry: David Moorst, Violence and Son, Royal Court Upstairs
Best Musical Performance: Imelda Staunton, Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
Newcomer in a Musical: Gemma Arterton, Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre
Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical (voted for by the public): Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
Beyond Theatre: Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty
Editor's Award: Vanessa Redgrave
Lebedev Award: Stephen Sondheim
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