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Tyrone Huntley among nominees for 2018 Ian Charleson Awards

Sophie Stone and Tyrone Huntley in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Photo: Scott Rylander
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Tyrone Huntley is among the nominees for this year’s Ian Charleson Awards, alongside Bally Gill and Hannah Morrish.

The annual awards celebrate performances by actors under 30 in a classical role, and are named after the actor Ian Charleson, who died in 1990 aged 40.

Huntley has been nominated for his performance as Lysander in a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Watermill in Newbury, while Gill is shortlisted for playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Morrish is nominated for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, where she played Octavia.

Shortlisted actors also include Daniel Burke and Luke Newberry for roles at the RSC, and Aaron Pierre and Ellora Torchia for performances at Shakespeare’s Globe. Heledd Gwynn, Martins Imhangbe, Toheeb Jimoh and Helena Wilson are also nominated for the prize.

The nominees were announced in the Sunday Times, in association with the National Theatre, and the three winners – a first, second and third prize – will be unveiled at a celebratory lunch in May.

Last year’s main prize was won by Natalie Simpson, with recent winners also including Paapa Essiedu, Susannah Fielding and Jack Lowden.

The nominations in full

Daniel Burke for Diomed in Troilus and Cressida at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Gregory Doran

Bally Gill for Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Erica Whyman

Heledd Gwynn for Katharine and Dauphin in Henry V by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory directed by Elizabeth Freestone

Tyrone Huntley for Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Watermill, Newbury, directed by Paul Hart

Martins Imhangbe for Bagot and Aumerle in Richard II at the Almeida, London, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Toheeb Jimoh for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Crucible, Sheffield, directed by Robert Hastie

Hannah Morrish for Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, London, directed by Simon Godwin

Luke Newberry for Malcolm in Macbeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Polly Findlay

Aaron Pierre for Cassio in Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, directed by Claire van Kampen

Ellora Torchia for Emilia in Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe, directed by Barrie Rutter

Helena Wilson for Mariana in Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, London, directed by Josie Rourke

Natalie Simpson wins 2017 Ian Charleson Award

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