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Benedict Cumberbatch and The Jungle win at South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch received the outstanding achievement award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018. Photo: Tim Anderson
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The Jungle came away victorious in the theatre category at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards, at which Benedict Cumberbatch was also recognised for his contribution to acting.

The Jungle was created in collaboration with Good Chance Theatre, the company that originated in the Calais migrant camp, and is co-produced by the Young Vic and the National Theatre.

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It saw off competition from Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman and the National Theatre’s production of Follies to win in the theatre category.

The awards, now in their 22nd year, celebrate 12 categories across the arts, including theatre, comedy, dance and opera, as well as visual art, TV, pop and classical music.

Cumberbatch, who received the outstanding achievement award, said he was “immensely grateful and humbled” to be this year’s recipient.

The award was won last year by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Russell Maliphant Company’s Maliphantworks won in the dance category, which was presented by Sylvie Guillem, while opera singer Bryn Terfel presented Glyndebourne with the opera award for its production of Hamlet.

Other winners included BBC2’s Inside No 9, and BBC1 drama Howards End.

The awards were presented in London on July 1 by Melvyn Bragg, who said: “This is as strong as any list we have ever had. The arts in the UK, a £92 billion industry, are second only to the US.

“Regrettably, government policy in cutting arts teaching out of so many schools fails to take this on board. This year’s awards celebrate what can happen when arts are encouraged from school-age onwards.”

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