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Claire Foy and Idris Elba among 2018 Evening Standard Theatre Awards hosts

Claire Foy. Photo: Shutterstock
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Claire Foy and Idris Elba will co-host this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards, alongside Evgeny Lebedev, the paper’s owner.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge will return to present the ceremony for a second time. She will introduce the awards on the night, which will this year take place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on November 18.

Foy, Elba and Lebedev will be the main hosts of the ceremony, with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, whose father once edited the Evening Standard.

This year the nine prizes including accolades for best actor, actress, director and designer. Awards will also be given for best play and most promising playwright, as well as an emerging talent prize.

For the past three years, the best musical award has been voted for by the public, in association with BBC Radio 2, but this year it is listed within the main group of awards, which are judged by an advisory judging panel.

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An additional Lebedev award, for a specific piece of work or for lifetime achievement, may also be given.

Announcing the awards, Lebedev said: “The Evening Standard Theatre Awards have recognised London’s best theatre talent since 1955. London is unique in the range, vibrancy and global reach of its theatre. Every playwright, director and actor should be proud to contribute to such a proud heritage.”

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