Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Imelda Staunton, Katie Brayben, Rosalie Craig and Killian Donnelly among nominees

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Katie Brayben receives a Best Musical Performance nomination at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Picture: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

The London Evening Standard has announced the shortlist for its 61st Theatre Awards, in partnership with The Ivy. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony presented by Rob Brydon, and co-hosted by Evgeny Lebedev, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, at the Old Vic on Sunday 22 November.

This year for the first time there are three musical awards, in recognition of the contribution of musical theatre to the West End. In the new Best Musical Performance category, Imelda Staunton (Gypsy) is joined by Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), Rosalie Craig (City of Angels) and Killian Donnelly (Kinky Boots).

Gemma Arterton (Made in Dagenham), Ellie Bamber (High Society) and Natalie Dew (Bend It Like Beckham) compete for the inaugural Newcomer in a Musical Award.

The third musical award, the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical, is voted for by the Radio 2 listeners, the shortlist for which has already been announced (Assassins, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Bend It Like Beckham, Gypsy and Kinky Boots). The winner of this award will be announced live on the night on BBC Radio 2 by Elaine Paige.

It is also worth noting that Jamie Lloyd has been nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Best Director for his work on Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Plus Robert Jones has been recognised in the Best Design category for City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse.

Rosalie Craig (Gabby, Bobbi) Photo Credit Johan Persson

Rosalie Craig has been nominated for her role in City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse. Picture: Johan Persson

Owner of the London Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev said today: “This fantastic shortlist bears witness to the fact that Londoners are living through a theatrical golden age. With ground-breaking director-led seasons, visionary new writing dominating the West End and the world’s finest thespian talent queuing up to perform here, London’s theatre scene is the envy of the world.”

The nominations for the main three musical theatre awards are:

Best Musical Performance:

● Katie Brayben, Beautiful, Aldwych Theatre

● Rosalie Craig, City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse

● Killian Donnelly, Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre

● Imelda Staunton, Gypsy, Savoy Theatre

Newcomer in a Musical:

● Gemma Arterton, Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre

● Ellie Bamber, High Society, Old Vic

● Natalie Dew, Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre

Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical (voted for by the public):

Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre

Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre

Gypsy, Savoy Theatre

Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre

www.standard.co.uk/ESTA2015

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