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Andrew Garfield, Amber Riley and Andrew Scott nominated for 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Andrew Scott is nominated for best actor for Hamlet at the Almeida and Harold Pinter Theatre. Photo Manuel Harlan
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Andrew Garfield, Amber Riley, and Andrew Scott are among those shortlisted in the London Evening Standard 2017 Theatre Awards.

Scott, who played the title role in the Almeida Theatre’s Hamlet, is shortlisted alongside Garfield for Angels in America and Bertie Carvel for Ink in the best actor category.

In the best actress category, Victoria Hamilton, who stars in the Almeida’s Albion, will compete with Glenda Jackson, nominated for King Lear, and Laura Donnelly, shortlisted for her role in The Ferryman.

London’s Almeida, Royal Court and National Theatre dominate the shortlist, each with seven nominations.

The 2017 nominations includes recognition in one or more categories for plays from Jez Butterworth, James Graham, Mike Bartlett and Lucy Kirkwood.

Performers to have made the shortlist alongside Riley in the best musical category include Janie Dee for Follies at the National Theatre and Robert Fairchild for An American in Paris at the Dominion.

Dominic Cooke, Robert Icke, and Sam Mendes will all compete for the best director award.

The Stage Debut Award winner Katherine Soper is also among the shortlisted nominees, recognised in the Charles Wintour award for most promising playwright for her play Wish List.

Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the London Evening Standard, said: “In turbulent and uncertain times that will no doubt inspire a wave of great new plays soon enough, the global preeminence of the London stage is a rare and precious constant.

“This year, as every year, the shortlist for our awards illuminates its range, variety and sheer brilliance. It is my privilege to join Anna Wintour in hosting an event that recognises the dazzling array of talent, emerging and established, that perennially confirms London’s theatre as the best in the world.”

The awards ceremony will take place on December 3 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.

Paddy Considine, Sophia Ally, Elise Alexandre and Rob Malone in The Ferryman. Photo: Johan Persson
The Ferryman has been nominated for four awards. Photo: Johan Persson

London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 – nominees in full:

Best actor

Natasha Richardson Award for best actress

Best musical performance

Best play

  • The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at the Royal Court
  • The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court and Gielgud
  • Ink by James Graham at the Almeida and Duke of York’s
  • Oslo by JT Rogers at the National Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Milton Shulman award for best director

  • Dominic Cooke for Follies at the National Theatre
  • Robert Icke for Hamlet at the Almeida and Harold Pinter
  • Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at the Royal Court and Gielgud

Best design

Charles Wintour award for most promising playwright

  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkin for An Octoroon at the Orange Tree
  • Al Smith for Harrogate at High Tide Festival and the Royal Court
  • Katherine Soper for Wish List at the Royal Exchange Manchester and Royal Court

Emerging talent award

  • Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic
  • Tom Glynn-Carney for The Ferryman at the Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre
  • Luke Thallon for Albion at the Almeida

Evening Standard Radio 2 audience award for best musical

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