Glenda Jackson wins best actress at London theatre awards | Stage

Glenda Jackson’s return to the stage after a 25-year profession change as a Labour politician has been rewarded with one of many UK’s main theatre awards.

Her King Lear at the Old Vic received her the best actress prize at the London Evening Standard theatre awards, introduced on Sunday night.

The different massive winners at what are the UK’s longest-running theatre awards, established in 1955, have been Jez Butterworth’s play The Ferryman and Andrew Garfield, who received best actor.

Before she was elected to parliament in 1992, Jackson was one of many UK’s hottest and celebrated actors, as snug as Cleopatra on the Morecambe and Wise TV present as she was in an avant garde Peter Brook stage play or in a Hollywood film.

Her anger at Thatcherism drove her choice to maneuver into politics. “Anything I could have done that was legal to get Margaret Thatcher’s government out, I was prepared to do,” she stated in an interview with the Guardian final 12 months. “I could not believe what she was doing to this country.”

When Thatcher died, Jackson within the Commons chamber memorably attacked her “heinous social, economic and spiritual damage”, including: “The first prime minister deputed by female gender … OK. But a woman? Not on my terms.”

At 80 she returned to theatre, taking over Shakespeare’s most demanding function and one, after all, written for a person.

Jez Butterworth, Laura Donnelly and Sam Mendes at a party for The Ferryman in June.

Jez Butterworth, Laura Donnelly and Sam Mendes at a celebration for The Ferryman in June. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

But it was a efficiency that transcended gender, critics stated. The Observer’s Susannah Clapp wrote of the “sandpaper voice; gliding movement; complete, ferocious concentration” that made Jackson’s efficiency “one of the most powerful Lears I have seen”.

Judges at the Evening Standard clearly agreed, awarding her a prize named in reminiscence of the late Natasha Richardson. It provides to the 2 Oscars she received greater than 40 years in the past, for Women in Love and A Touch of Class. Jackson received from a shortlist that additionally included Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman) and Victoria Hamilton (Albion).

In whole, 9 awards have been introduced at a ceremony at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Three of them went to Butterworth’s Troubles-set household drama The Ferryman. It received best play, best director for Sam Mendes and the rising expertise award for Tom Glynn-Carney, who performed a teenage firebrand.

The best actor award went to Garfield, awarded 11 years after the identical awards gave him the excellent newcomer prize for his function in Beautiful Thing.

Garfield received on Sunday evening for his portrayal of the Aids affected person Prior Walter within the National Theatre’s revival of Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America. His fellow nominees have been Andrew Scott for Hamlet and Bertie Carvel for his portrayal of Rupert Murdoch in Ink.

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America at the National Theatre.

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America at the National Theatre. Photograph: Helen Maybanks/AP

Amber Riley received the best musical efficiency prize for Dreamgirls, from a shortlist that additionally included Janie Dee for Follies and Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris.

Other awards have been best design, going to Bunny Christie for 3 performs (Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Ink, and The Red Barn); and essentially the most promising playwright prize, which went to Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon at the Orange Tree.

One prize was voted for by the general public: the Evening Standard Radio 2 viewers award for best musical. It went to Bat Out of Hell – the Musical, triumphing over An American In Paris, Dreamgirls, Follies, School Of Rock, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ and She Loves Me.

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