The Best Actress prize, renamed in honour of the late Natasha Richardson, Nancy Carroll won for her performance in the Thea Sharrock revival of Terrence Rattiganís infrequently staged After the Dance, where she starred alongside Bendict Cumberbatch. The award was presented by Richardsonís husband Liam Neeson.
The award for Best Play went, perhaps unsurprisingly, to the hugely acclaimed Clybourne Park by the American playwright Bruce Norris, which will be transferring to the West End in February. The Most Promising Playwright award went to Anya Reiss for Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court which she wrote while only 17.
The Best Director award went to Howard Davies for his revival of Bulgakovís The White Guard, also at the National and for his acclaimed West End revival of Arthur Millerís All My Sons. The Donmar Warehouse revival of Stephen Sondheimís Passion won the award for Best Musical, a category it shared with the anniversary revival of Les Miserables and the perky Broadway import Legally Blonde.
An Outstanding Newcomer award was handed to Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd, the creators of the inventive and immersive You Me Bum Bum Train; a show designed for one audience member at a time and featuring a cast of around 200 volunteers, it was the fastest-selling show ever produced at the Barbican. The company was perhaps unfairly pitched against performers from more conventional productions including one-time Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm for her performance in Blood Brothers and the excellent young actress Shannon Tarbet for her confident performance in Spur of the Moment. Daniel Kaluuya was awarded a new prize, the Editorís Award for a Shooting Star for his performance in Roy Williamsí Sucker Punch, a play that won in the Best Design category. Miriam Buether picked up the award for both this, which transformed the Royal Court into a boxing ring, and for her work on Mike Bartlettís Earthquakes in London at the National.
The 2010 Evening Standard Awards in full:
Best Play: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris at the Royal Court
Best Actor: Rory Kinnear for Hamlet at the National and Measure For Measure at the Almeida
The Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress: Nancy Carroll for
After the Dance at the National
Best Director: Howard Davies for The White Guard at the National and All My Sons at the Apollo.
The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical:
Passion at the Donmar Warehouse
Best Design: Miriam Buether for Sucker Punch at the Royal Court and Earthquakes in London at the National
The Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright:
Anya Reiss for Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court.
The Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer:
You Me Bum Bum Train created by Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd
Editor's award for a shooting star: Daniel Kaluuya for Sucker Punch at the Royal Court.
Golden Seagull Special award: Peter Hall
Lebedev Special Award: