The shortlist for this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards is looking particularly star-studded thanks to a string of A-listers receiving rave reviews for their West End performances over the last twelve months.
The ceremony – presented by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon – will see Tom Hiddleston competing for the best actor prize for his starring role in Coriolanus. He’s up against Ben Miles (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies) and Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge).
Jostling for the best actress gong are former Doctor Who actress Billie Piper (Great Britain), Gillian Anderson (A Streetcar Named Desire), Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra), Helen McCrory (Medea) and Tanya Moodie (Intimate Apparel).
The latter’s production is also shortlisted for best play, competing with The Nether (Jennifer Haley) and royal-inspired stagings The James Plays (by Rona Munro) and King Charles III (Mike Bartlett).
Other notable names on the list are Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry for his work on Skylight, which starred Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan; and Imitation Game star Matthew Beard who is nominated in the emerging talent category.
The ceremony will be held on 30th November, co-hosted by US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey and Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the Evening Standard.