Elton John to host Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016

David Furnish and Elton John at Billy Elliot The Musical
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Elton John has been announced as one of the hosts of this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which take place later this year.

The awards, now in their 62nd year, will once again take place at London’s Old Vic Theatre and will be co-hosted by the newspaper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev.

They will host the event together on November 13.

Announcing his involvement, John said: “I think we produce some of the best theatre in the world here and I feel passionately that we must support it. The London stage has nurtured and given a creative voice for many talented individuals and it’s such a great honour for me to co-host these illustrious theatre awards at the Old Vic this year.”

The 2016 awards will feature 12 prizes, including honours for acting, design, writing and directing, as well as for individual productions and emerging talent.

The awards list this year does not include a newcomer in a musical category, which was launched last year, and won by Gemma Arterton.

The awards will be directed by Sean Mathias, and feature a judging panel that includes the Evening Standard’s editor Sarah Sands, and critic Henry Hitchings, as well as Baz Bamigboye, Mark Lawson, Sarah Crompton and Matt Wolf.