Evening Standard Theatre Awards to be co-hosted by Elton John

The London Evening Standard has announced the 2016 Theatre Awards are to take place on Sunday, 13th November at The Old Vic Theatre.

In this, its 62nd year, the Evening Standard Theatre Awards will be co-hosted by the newspaper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev, and Sir Elton John CBE.

Awards this year will include:

  • Best Actor
  • Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
  • Best Play in partnership with Hiscox, Official Arts Partner of the Evening Standard
  • Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical
  • Milton Shulman Award for Best Director
  • Best Design
  • Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright
  • Best Revival
  • Emerging Talent Award in partnership with Burberry
  • Editor’s Award
  • Beyond Theatre Award
  • Lebedev Award

Owner of the London Evening Standard, Evgeny Lebedev said: “In a tumultuous year for Britain, London’s theatres continue to represent the international gold standard by which productions around the world are measured. I am delighted once again to be hosting these awards, which reward the very best stage talent going. There could be no finer setting than The Old Vic, the scene of so many wonderful performances over the years and such an integral part of the capital’s cultural life.”

Sir Elton John, who is an Honorary Trustee of The Old Vic, will break from the European leg of his Rocket Club tour to attend the awards on 13th November.  “I am delighted to have Sir Elton John as my co-host for the 62nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards” Lebedev adds. “He is a man of immense talent and a great patron of the theatre.  The musicals he has composed, including Billy Elliot, which opened first in London, have entertained audiences globally.”

Sir Elton John said, “I think we produce some of the best theatre in the world here and I feel passionately that we must support it.  The London stage has nurtured and given a creative voice for many, many talented individuals and it’s such a great honour for me to co-host these illustrious Theatre Awards at The Old Vic this year.”

The shortlist for the 62nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards will be announced at the end of October.

Additional supporters of this year’s Theatre Awards include Christian Louboutin, Burberry and Hiscox, Official Arts Partner of the Evening Standard.