Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners include Kinky Boots and Imelda Staunton

Amy Lennox and Killian Donnelly in Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. Picture: Johan Persson

Amy Lennox and Killian Donnelly in the award-winning Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. Picture: Johan Persson

At tonight’s ceremony at The Old Vic the winners of the 61st London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, given in partnership with The Ivy, were announced.

Among the musical theatre categories, the award for Best Musical Performance went to Imelda Staunton for Gypsy. Staunton reprised her winning performance at the ceremony, singing ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from the production.

The Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical, which was voted for by the public, went to Kinky Boots (with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Jerry Mitchell), currently running at the Adelphi Theatre. Radio 2 presenter and musical theatre artist Elaine Paige presented the award to the three stars from the show, Matt Henry, Amy Lennox and Killian Donnelly.

The Newcomer in a Musical Award went to Gemma Arterton, for her musical theatre debut in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre.

Completing the evening, the Lebedev Award was presented by co-hosts Judi Dench and Ian McKellen to multi award-winning music legend Stephen Sondheim who celebrated his 85th birthday this year.

Imelda Staunton Johan Persson

Imelda Staunton received a standing ovation at the Old Vic for her performance in Gypsy. Picture: Johan Persson

The star-studded event was co-hosted by owner of the Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, and presented by Rob Brydon. Guests included Gillian Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Shirley Bassey, Kate Beckinsale, Anne-Marie Duff, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Friedman, Richard E Grant, Salma Hayek, Lenny Henry, Jeremy Irons, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Lester, Lindsay Lohan, Pixie Lott, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, Rufus Norris, Joely Richardson, Simon Russell Beale, Alex Sharp, Zoe Wanamaker, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Anna Wintour.

As well as Imelda Staunton performing, Pixie Lott performed ‘Moon River’ from the forthcoming production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which opens at the Haymarket Theatre Royal next year.

 

THE 61st ANNUAL LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS:

Best Musical Performance: Imelda Staunton

(Gypsy, Savoy Theatre)

 

Made In Dagenham 2 Photo Credit Alex James

Gemma Arterton won for her musical theatre debut in Made in Dagenham. Picture: Alex James

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

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 Motherf**ker with the Hat 

(Stephen Adly Guirgis, National Theatre’s Lyttelton)

 

Milton Shulman Award for Best Director: Robert Icke

(Oresteia, Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios)

 

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Stephen Sondheim was honoured with the Lebedev Award

 

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)

 

Lebedev Award – Stephen Sondheim 

Beyond Theatre – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Editor’s Award – Vanessa Redgrave

www.standard.co.uk/ESTA2015

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