Olympic opening ceremony honoured at theatre awards
07:46 26 November 2012
Danny Boyle’s spectacular Olympic opening ceremony has received special recognition for its “outstanding work” in taking theatre outside of the traditional stage.
The Oscar-winning director and his team were presented with the Beyond Theatre award by TeamGB’s cycling champion Victoria Pendleton at the 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
In last night’s star-studded event at the Savoy Hotel in central London, National Theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner walked away with two awards, while playwright Nick Payne became the youngest ever winner in the Best Play category.
The 29-year-old was presented with the prestigious prize for his metaphysical love story Constellations, starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall.
Sir Nicholas won Best Director for the play Timon of Athens as well as picking up the Lebedev Special Award to mark his decade at the helm of the National Theatre.
The 56-year-old’s stage successes have included worldwide hits War Horse, One Man, Two Guvnors and The History Boys.
Dame Judi Dench was honoured for her contribution to world theatre with the Moscow Art Theatre’s Golden Seagull award.
Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett lost out in the Best Actress category to Hattie Morahan who won for her moving interpretation of trapped housewife, Nora, in A Doll’s House at the Young Vic theatre.
Simon Russell Beale won Best Actor for his portrayal of Stalin in Collaborators, the black comic drama at the National’s Cottesloe.
Best Musical went to Sweeney Todd, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
The awards ceremony was presented by James Corden and attracted a host of stars from theatre, film and music.
The theatre awards, in association with Burberry, were hosted by Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Standard, Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of Burberry, and Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief and daughter of the late Standard editor, Charles Wintour.