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Whatsonstage.com Awards 2009

Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Rowan Atkinson and X-Factor star Diana Vickers scooped prestigious theatre awards this week, voted for by the public in record numbers. Theatregoers voted online for their favourites across 26 different categories between December 2009 and January 2010. There was a record 46,000 voters who took part which was 11,000 more than the previous record set last year for the 2008 awards.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s rival production of Hamlet, headed by former Doctor Who star David Tennant, was also a winner. Sir Patrick Stewart picked up two awards – best supporting actor in a play for playing scheming ruler Claudius in Hamlet and theatre event of the year award, shared with Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men) for Waiting for Godot.

Oliver! picked up three awards; the best Musical Revival category, Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder, Mr Bean) winning best actor in a musical for Fagin and Jodie Prenger (I’d Do Anything winner) receiving the best supporting acress in a musical award for her portrayal of Nancy.

Rowan Atkinson’s acceptance video told how he had tackled the role with some trepidation, having never sung in a musical before.

He said:

“This is absolutely great. I’m genuinely very pleased and very touched.

“When I embarked on this journey to play the part of Fagin in Oliver!, I did so with a degree of apprehension.

“I hadn’t been on the West End stage in 20 years and I had never sung in a musical – well, I’d never sung really.

“So it was quite a scary time, and what made it all possible was the warmth and accommodation and tolerance of the company of the production of Oliver!, all those actors, the adults and the children, and our directors and choreographers and designers, and, in particular, our director Rupert Goold for being so helpful to someone who was stepping with such trepidation into the project.

“Also, of course, the warmth and accommodation and tolerance of the audience who kindly came to see us.

“As this is more than anything an audience award – and the audience in the end, I think, is the most important element in any theatrical event – it really means something.

“So I’d like to thank you all sitting there very much indeed, but I’d also like to thank mostly all those who voted for me, and all those real people who spent real money to come and see the show. Thank you.”

Best West End show was taken by Wicked, which just won a very close vote with War Horse which was was the only play nominated in this category. Wicked is now in its 4th year at the Apollo Theatre in London and has been visited by over 2.5 million people, and taken over

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Kenneth Branagh Quits Hamlet

Kenneth Branagh will not be continuing next year as Director of Hamlet starring Jude Law. Branagh will instead be directing a movie version of the Marvel comic Thor.

Branagh is Artistic Associate of the Donmar West End Season. Theatre credits include: Edmond (NT), Richard III (Sheffield Crucible), Hamlet, Henry V (RSC), Coriolanus (Chichester Festival), A Midsummer Night

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RSC Tickets

We have updated our specialist Royal Shakespeare Company ticket site www.rsctheatretickets.co.uk today to include The Tempest, Midsummer Nights Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet, Don John, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.

The various Shakespeare plays are playing at a variety of locations, including Stratford on Avon, Newcastle upon Tyne and London.

Michelle Gomez, probably best known for her role in the Channel 4 comedy Green Wing, joins the RSC for the first time to play Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, and David Tennant is playing the role of Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, as well as the lead role in Hamlet of course.

Productions for 2009 at Stratford on Avon include As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, The Drunks, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar and The Winters Tale and tickets should be available for these later in October.

Bookmark so that you check back at the end of October ….

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Theatre Shows Added

The latest update to our theatre articles on localnightsout.com include the following shows –

Madame de Sade

Directed by Micheal Grandage and starring Judi Dench, Mishima’s poetic masterpiece brings to life the fascinating story of the Marquis de Sade told through the eyes of six remarkable women.

God Of Carnage

God Of Carnage

Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott join the award winning team that brought you ART to star in God Of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre. God Of Carnage tells the story of two sets of parents that meet up to discuss their children’s unruly behaviour. There’ll be tears before bedtime….

Hamlet

Hamlet

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy of passion, corruption and revenge. This latest production sees Jude Law as Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Legal Fictions

Legal Fictions

Legal Fictions is a double bill (The Dock Brief & Edwin) of comic legal dramas starring Edward Fox and Directed by John Mortimer, creater of Rumpole Of The Bailey.

The Dock Brief sees incompetent barrister Morganhall asked to represent a lugubrious fellow who has confessed to murdering his wife. In Edwin, retired High Court Judge Fennimore Truscott can’t stop himself trying people… in his imagination.

Joseph

Joseph

Joseph stars Lee Mead, winner of TV’s Any Dream Will Do. In a new staging of the record breaking 1990s London Palladium production Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family classic is ready to please a whole new generation.