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Diary: Ian McKellen nomination left in no man’s land

Ian McKellen has called for a return to rep at the National. Photo: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock Ian McKellen. Photo: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock
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Tabard always knew there would be royalty at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards – after all, Elton John is co-hosting the event.

But, it turns out there will be actual royalty there, as Tabard hears the Duke of Cambridge is to make a special appearance at the ceremony later this month. Prince William – “the future king”, as the ES points out – will present the Beyond Theatre award.

It left Tabard wondering what kind of shows Willy likes to go and see. Is he a child at heart? Does he enjoy something like Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or does he prefer something a bit more hard-hitting? Tabard wonders whether he made a point of seeing King Charles III? One can only hope. He would have been royally entertained.

But back to the ES awards, and how wonderful to have some genuine royalty there. Tabard hopes the prince is extra kind to theatrical royalty Ian McKellen. Turns out, on the press release with the nominees for this year, McKellen was missed out – despite being nominated in the best actor category.

Cue panicked phone calls from an embarrassed PR, who had the job of pointing out the omission to members of the press. Poor Sir Ian.

If he wins, perhaps he will use his speech to remind the organisers of the oversight. That promises to be fun, if a little awkward. The perfect recipe for an awards ceremony.

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