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The Ferryman triumphs at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards

The Ferryman, which won three prizes at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017. Photo: Johan Persson

Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman triumphed at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, winning three gongs including best play.

The ceremony, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, also saw wins for Glenda Jackson, who was named best actress for King Lear at the Old Vic [1], and Andrew Garfield, who took home the prize for best actor for his turn in Angels in America at the National Theatre [2].

Butterworth’s win for The Ferryman [3]marks his third Evening Standard Theatre award, having won most promising playwright in 1995 and best play for Jerusalem in 2009. The Ferryman also won in the director category, with Sam Mendes recognised, and in the emerging talent section, with Tom Glynn-Carney honoured.

In total, nine awards were handed out at the ceremony, which was presented by performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Amber Riley won the award for best musical performance for her role in Dreamgirls, while the BBC Radio 2 audience award for best musical was presented to Bat Out of Hell – The Musical [4].

In the design section, Bunny Christie was honoured for three productions: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle [5], Ink [6] and The Red Barn [7]. Christie previously won best design for Baby Doll in 2000.

The most promising playwright prize was given to Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 – nominees and winners in full:

Best actor

Bertie Carvel for Ink [6] at the Almeida and Duke of York’s Theatre
Andrew Garfield for Angels in America [2] at the National Theatre – WINNER
Andrew Scott for Hamlet [8] at the Almeida and Harold Pinter Theatre

Natasha Richardson Award for best actress

Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman [9] at the Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre
Victoria Hamilton for Albion [10] at the Almeida
Glenda Jackson for King Lear [11] at the Old Vic – WINNER

Best musical performance

Janie Dee for Follies [12] at the National Theatre
Robert Fairchild for An American in Paris [13] at the Dominion Theatre
Amber Riley for Dreamgirls [14] at the Savoy Theatre – WINNER

Best play

The Children [15] by Lucy Kirkwood at the Royal Court
The Ferryman [9] by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court and Gielgud – WINNER
Ink [6] by James Graham at the Almeida and Duke of York’s
Oslo [16] by JT Rogers at the National Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Milton Shulman award for best director

Dominic Cooke for Follies [12] at the National Theatre
Robert Icke for Hamlet [8] at the Almeida and Harold Pinter
Sam Mendes for The Ferryman [9] at the Royal Court and Gielgud – WINNER

Best design

Jon Bausor for Bat Out of Hell – The Musical [17] at the London Coliseum
Bunny Christie for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle [18] at Wyndham’s Theatre/The Red Barn [7] at the National Theatre/Ink [6]at the Almeida and Duke of York’s – WINNER
Soutra Gilmour for Twelfth Night [19] at the National Theatre

Charles Wintour award for most promising playwright

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon [20] at the Orange Tree – WINNER
Al Smith for Harrogate [21] at High Tide Festival and the Royal Court
Katherine Soper for Wish List [22] at the Royal Exchange Manchester and Royal Court

Emerging talent award

Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country [23] at the Old Vic
Tom Glynn-Carney for The Ferryman [9] at the Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre – WINNER
Luke Thallon for Albion [10] at the Almeida

Evening Standard Radio 2 audience award for best musical

An American in Paris [13] at the Dominion Theatre
Bat Out of Hell – The Musical [17] at London Coliseum – WINNER
Dreamgirls [14] at the Savoy
Follies [12] at the National Theatre
School of Rock [24] at the New London Theatre
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ [25]at the Menier Chocolate Factory
She Loves Me [26] at the Menier Chocolate Factory