(Louise Jury's article appeared in the Evening Standard, 11/23.)
It’s a Royal flush at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards
The Royal Court today turned cutting-edge drama into establishment success as it swept the board at the 55th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
With its two hit plays, Enron and Jerusalem, dominating major categories, the Sloane Square theatre stormed the glittering ceremony at the Royal Opera House to take four awards including best play, best actor and best director.
As the Donmar Warehouse, last year's out-and-out victor with a similar tally, handed on the powerhouse baton, it could take consolation in the best actress prize for Rachel Weisz's touching performance as Blanche DuBois in the Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire.
And late starters everywhere can raise a glass to Lenny Henry who, at 51, was named outstanding newcomer over rising stars less than half his age for his assured stage debut in the title role of Shakespeare's Othello.
Henry said his mother, Winnie, who died in 1998, would have been "really chuffed". "I haven't done a play since nativity when I was six so I think it's a pretty good achievement. It's very encouraging to older artists. It feels like a massive stamp of approval."
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