Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2019 Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards were published yesterday, and they are very short this year, with three or four nominations in each category. Personally, I feel they are too short as it misses out on giving exposure to more talent who may benefit from this public recognition of their achievements.

The main reason for this item is that I was particularly pleased to see two highly deserving nominees in the listings .

Cecilia Noble is nominated for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her work in two productions, Downstate (National Theatre, Dorfman) & Faith, Hope and Charity (National Theatre, Dorfman). I did say in my four-star review of Faith, Hope and Charity (which you can read here) that Noble’s performance was award-worthy and I am glad that the judging panel have her shortlisted. One look at the rest of the list, including Dame Maggie Smith and Juliet Stevenson shows that this will be quite a contest.

The other outstanding nominee is for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright. Zoe Cooper is nominated for her fascinating, compassionate play OUT OF WATER which ran at the Orange Tree in Richmond in May this year (you can read my four-star review of the show here).

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the London Coliseum on Sunday 24 November.

You can read a full list of the Awards nominees here

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