Hattie Morahan has won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her performance in A Doll's House at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The Awards, supported for the first time by fashion house Burberry, were presented in a ceremony at The Savoy hotel this evening (25 November 2012).
In her nomination Morahan was hailed as portraying "an achingly believable Nora, shaken from ignorance by a stream of revelations." Morahan played the iconic role of Nora Helmer in A Doll's House, which played an extended run at the Young Vic this summer.
Morahan's acclaimed performance was captured by Digital Theatre and released to watch online, download or view on Samsung Smart TV last month. It was also recently announced that the production will return to the Young Vic in April.
Digital Theatre is thrilled to be working with the London Evening Standard to produce interviews, supporting content and filmed material around the ceremony.
Other big winners on the night included the National Theatre whose Artistic Director Nicholas Hynter was presented with both the Best Director prize for his production of Timon of Athens and the Lebedev Special Award for his "dynamic directorship" of the organisation.
Other National Theatre wins included Simon Russell Beale picking up the Best Actor gong for this role in Collaborators and Soutra Gilmour who won the Best Design Award for her design of Antigone as well as Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse.
Special Awards included prizes for playwright David Hare, presented with the Editor's Award for his contribution to theatre. Hare, presented with his Award by Bill Nighy, praised the leading ladies he has worked with saying he "wanted to drag women to the centre of the stage" with all of his work."
The Moscow Art Theatre's Golden Seagull Award, the highest accolade presented by Russian theatre, was presented to Judi Dench for her contribution to the world stage. In a special video captured by Digital Theatre for the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Dench's contemporary Eileen Atkins said "When she was younger she was the best ingenue ever. Then she was the best actress ever." Dench thanked the Standard's proprietor Evgeny Lebedev for the Award, saying she had never been to Moscow but hoped to remedy that soon.
Perhaps the biggest audience reaction came from Olympic cyclist and Strictly Come Dancing star Victoria Pendleton presenting the special Beyond Theatre Award to director of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, Danny Boyle. Boyle, who shared his Award with the Ceremony's creative team, brought a large number on stage to accept the Award and showed video highlights from the event.
In A Doll's House Hattie Morahan plays the iconic role of Nora Helmer in her Young Vic debut together with Dominic Rowan as Torvald, Nick Fletcher (Nils Krogstad), Yolanda Kettle (Helene), Steve Toussaint (Doctor Rank), Lynne Verrall (Anna), Susannah Wise (Kristine Linde), Vincent Curson-Smith (Ivar Helmer), Jake Tuesley (Jon Helmer) and Dorothea MacGibbon (Emmy Helmer).
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, in a new English language version by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, is based on a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund, has costumes by Gabrielle Dalton, lighting by Guy Hoare, music by Stuart Earl, sound by David McSeveney and choreography by Quinny Sacks.
The production is the third collaboration between Digital Theatre and the Young Vic. Other productions from the theatre available on Digital Theatre include Clare Bayley's gripping story of illegal immigration The Container and Kathryn Hunter's astounding performance as Red Peter the Ape in Kafka's Monkey.
Production photography © Johan Persson/Arenapal.