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Ralph Fiennes, Billie Piper and Jesus Christ Superstar win at 2016 Evening Standard Awards

Tyrone Huntley as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Photo Johan Persson. Tyrone Huntley as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Photo Johan Persson.
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Ralph Fiennes and Billie Piper have won the acting gongs at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, with two prizes also going to Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.

Fiennes won best actor for both The Master Builder at the Old Vic and Richard III at the Almeida, beating off competition from Ian McKellen, OT Fagbenle, James McArdle and Kenneth Branagh.

However, Branagh was presented with the Lebedev award for his season of plays at the Garrick Theatre, which has just concluded in the West End.

Piper won the best actress prize for Yerma at the Young Vic, triumphing over Noma Dumezweni, Helen McCrory and Sophie Melville.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which had been nominated in three categories, won just one prize, for best play, while Jesus Christ Superstar scooped the best musical gong. Tyrone Huntley, who played Judas in that production, won the emerging talent award.

Glenn Close took home the award for best musical performance for her turn in Sunset Boulevard, beating Andy Karl for Groundhog Day, and Sheridan Smith, who was nominated for Funny Girl.

The director award was won by John Malkovich for Good Canary at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, and the prize for best revival went to No Man’s Land at Wyndham’s Theatre, directed by Sean Mathias.

Other winners include David Attenborough, who took home the Beyond Theatre award, and the Good Chance Theatre in Calais, which won the editor’s award.

The National Theatre, which had been nominated in 11 categories, went home empty handed.

The awards ceremony was held at the Old Vic in London and hosted by Rob Brydon.

The winners in full are:

Best actor

Ralph Fiennes for The Master Builder (Old Vic) and Richard III (Almeida)

Best actress

Billie Piper for Yerma (Young Vic)

Best play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre)

Best musical performance

Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)

Best musical

Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

Best director

John Malkovich for Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston)

Best revival

No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s)

Best design

Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin for sound design for The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival/Barbican)

Most promising playwright

Charlene James for Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court)

Emerging talent award

Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

Beyond Theatre

David Attenborough for his contribution to broadcasting

Editor’s award

Good Chance Theatre

Lebedev award

Kenneth Branagh for his Plays at the Garrick season

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