Nicole Kidman wins best actress award for role in Photograph 51

Kidman as Rosalind Franklin in Photograph fifty one at the Noël Coward theatre. Photograph: Johan Persson

Nicole Kidman’s triumphant return to the West Conclude stage for the first time in nearly 20 a long time has gained her the best actress prize at the UK’s longest-managing theatre awards.

Kidman received at the 2015 London Evening Common theatre awards for her portrayal of the overlooked DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51.

The starry ceremony, at London’s Previous Vic theatre, also noticed success for the actors James McAvoy and Imelda Staunton, with specific awards heading to Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Sondheim.

Kidman returned to the West Finish 17 a long time after she lit up the stage with her performance in David Hare’s The Blue Space, memorably described as “pure theatrical Viagra” by the Every day Telegraph critic Charles Spencer.

Her functionality as a guarded, pushed scientist in Photograph 51 was by no means going to be so erotically charged, but Kidman nevertheless experienced critics in raptures.

The Observer’s Susannah Clapp called it “dramatic amphetamine”, even though Michael Billington, in the Guardian, praised her “commanding, clever performance”.

Ben Brantley, in the New York Moments, wrote that Kidman experienced rarely been greater cast. “Among film stars of her technology, she stands out for the relentless determination she tasks she seduces audiences not by charm but by concentration,” he stated.

Kidman was persuaded to return to the stage by the director Michael Grandage and attracted to the function of Francis since her father was a investigation scientist. He died a 12 months ago and the role, she mentioned, was in component a tribute to him.

“This is my way of acknowledging him but also of acknowledging individuals in science who quietly go about their operate and do items and go unacknowledged a whole lot of the time,” Kidman explained. “He realized I was likely to do it so I would like to feel he is somewhere supplying assist.”

Kidman gained from a shortlist that integrated Denise Gough for Individuals, Areas and Issues at the Nationwide Theatre Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Nell Gwynn at Shakespeare’s Globe and Lia Williams for Oresteia at the Almeida.

It was a very good night time for movie stars, with McAvoy successful best actor for his portrayal of an English earl with a messiah sophisticated in a revival of Peter Barnes’ 1968 satire The Ruling Course.

The enjoy was component of the Jamie Lloyd year at Trafalgar Studios and McAvoy won from a powerful shortlist that incorporated Simon Russell Beale for Temple at the Donmar Warehouse Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre and Ralph Fiennes for Gentleman and Superman at the Countrywide Theatre.

It may be some consolation for missing out on an Olivier award previously this calendar year. McAvoy was nominated but dropped out to Mark Strong in A Look at from the Bridge.

There was minor surprise when Staunton was named winner in the best musical overall performance category for her unforgettable portrayal of Momma Rose in Gypsy. The manufacturing commenced in Chichester prior to transferring to the Savoy Theatre and was universally praised, with Billington contacting it “one of the biggest performances I’ve at any time seen in musical theatre”.

Staunton reprised the part at the ceremony, hosted by Rob Brydon, singing Everything’s Coming Up Roses.

The newcomer in a musical award went to Gemma Arterton for Manufactured in Dagenham – a poignant prize possibly, given the present shut right after 6 months, obtaining failed to attract large adequate audiences.

The Royal Courtroom theatre won three types: Molly Davies took the Charles Wintour award for most promising playwright for God Bless the Youngster David Moorst received the emerging talent award for his role in Violence and Son and Anna Fleischle topped the list in the design class for Hangmen, the Martin McDonagh perform that obtained its premiere at the Royal Courtroom.

It skipped out on the very best play award, nonetheless, with the accolade heading to The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, which had its British isles premiere at the Countrywide Theatre.

In the best director category, Robert Icke won for Oresteia, part of the Almeida’s Greeks season. He received from a shortlist that also included Lloyd for Assassins and Indhu Rubasingham for The Motherfucker with the Hat.

The winners ended up made a decision by a panel of critics and journalists. The a single award determined by the general public was for ideal musical, the prize heading to Kinky Boots from a checklist that also had Gyspy, Bend it Like Beckham, Assassinsand Stunning: The Carole King Musical.

The editor’s award was presented to Redgrave by Fiennes and her daughter Joely Richardson, even though a unique prize in the name of the Night Standard’s proprietor, the Lebedev award, was presented by Judi Dench and Ian McKellen to Stephen Sondheim, who this year celebrated his eighty fifth birthday.

The awards are not London’s most prestigious – that belongs to the Oliviers – but they are important and extremely prized. Offered every year considering that 1955, the function contact of previous winners includes Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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