Royal Court tops London Evening Standard Awards

The London Evening Standard Awards has proved a successful one for the Royal Court.


Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth has won Best Play, with Mark Rylance picking up the Best Actor award for his role as Johnny “Rooster” Byron in the same play. The Best Director award went to Rupert Goold for Enron, another Royal Court play. Both productions are set to transfer into the West End in the New Year.

Emerging writer Alia Bano received the Most Promising Playwright award for her play Shades, which was performed at the Royal Court earlier this year as part of the theatre's Young Writer's Festival.

New to acting following a successful career in stand up comedy, Lenny Henry scooped Best Newcomer for his leading role in Othello, currently running at the Trafalgar Studios.

A Special Award was presented to Sir Ian McKellen for his contribution to British theatre.


Best Play: Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

Best Actor: Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz in A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Director: Rupert Goold for Enron

Best Musical: Hello Dolly

Best Design: Mamoru Iriguchi for Mincemeat

Most Promising Playwright: Alia Bano for Shades

Outstanding Newcomer: Lenny Henry for Othello

Special Award: Ian McKellen (for contribution to British theatre)

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