The 61st London Evening Standard theatre awards, in partnership with The Ivy at The Old Vic Theatre, saw scores of theatre and television figures converge to honour this year’s work.
Nicole Kidman, the Oscar winner, 48, was named best actress for her performance as pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 — almost two decades after her electrifying appearance in The Blue Room at the Donmar Warehouse was described as “theatrical Viagra”.
Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 / Photo: Johan Persson
She said: “The connection as an actor — I’d been doing so many films — after 17 years to have that connection with an audience again, there was such power in that. Every night I’ve gotten to take a bow and say thank you to the audience for allowing me to perform for them. So tonight because of the Evening Standard I get to bow and say thank you for the privilege and honour of being on the London stage.”
James McAvoy in The Ruling Class / Photo: Johan Persson