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Royal Court receives 11 Evening Standard Award nominations



London’s Royal Court Theatre dominated the nominations for the 2010 Evening Standard Awards, receiving 11 nominations, the most of any London theatre.  The Royal Court further cemented its reputation as the writers’ theatre, claiming every nomination in both the Best Play and Most Promising Playwright categories.   The nominations were spread between six different Royal Court productions.

The three Best Play nominations went to the Royal Court productions of Cock by Mike Bartlett, Clybourne Park by American playwright Bruce Norris and Sucker Punch by Roy Williams.   The Royal Court filled the category of the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright for productions of The Empire by DC Moore, Wanderlust by Nick Payne and Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss.

Three nominations for the Milton Schulman Award for Most Promising Newcomer went to actors in Royal Court productions: Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Sucker Punch, Isabella Laughland for her performance in Wanderlust and Shannon Tarbet for her performance in Spur of the Moment.

Other nominations for Royal Court productions included the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for Sophie Thompson in Clybourne Park and Best Design for Miriam Buether for Sucker Punch.

The Royal Court production of Clybourne Park will transfer to the West End in January, starting performances on January 28 and opening on February 8 at Wyndham’s Theatre.  This is the third Royal Court West End transfer within a year, following the sold out and critically acclaimed transfers of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and Lucy Prebble’s Enron.

Complete nominations can be found by clicking the following link: Evening Standard Award Nominations.  The awards will be announced on Sunday, November 28 in a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel.

The Royal Court Theatre is one of Europe’s leading theatres and has presented new and innovative plays since 1956, including premieres by almost every leading contemporary British playwright from John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger to Caryl Churchill’s A Number. After 50 years, writers, directors, actors and audiences still look to the Royal Court for the classics of the future.  In addition to its full-scale productions, the Royal Court also facilitates international work at grass-roots level, developing exchanges that bring young writers to Britain and sending British writers, actors and directors to work with artists around the world. The research and play development arm, The Studio, finds the most exciting and diverse range of new voices in the UK. The Studio runs play-writing groups including the Young Writers Programme; Critical Mass for Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers; and the biennial Young Writers Festival.  Recent Royal Court transfers to New York include Chekhov’s The Seagull in a new translation by Richard Hampton, Rock ’n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard and Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?

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