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London Evening Standard Theatre Awards longlist revealed
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The Evening Standard has revealed the longlisted contenders for the 57th Evening Standard Theatre Awards, in association with Vogue.


I am backing:

James Corden
One Man, Two Guvnors (National's Lyttelton)

Benedict Cumberbatch
Frankenstein (National's Olivier)
For me personally, one actor was streets ahead of the other in both roles in this production. That actor was Benedict Cumberbatch - Jonny played the Creature as a child in a man's body (an infant), Benedict played the Creature as an adult who had had his brains blown out and was relearning everything from scratch. I much prefered Benedict's interpretation - it was a much more intelligent reading of the playscript.

Ralph Fiennes
The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket)


I am backing:

Danny Boyle
Frankenstein (National's Olivier)

Sam Mendes
Richard III (Old Vic)

Rufus Norris
London Road (National's Cottesloe)

Bijan Sheibani
The Kitchen (National's Olivier)

Nicholas Hytner
One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre)

BUT the Award SURELY has to go to Nick Hytner for One Man, Two Guvnors - it is genius, it has no flaws, and it is the most fun you can have at the theatre of an evening.

This award can make a writer, and comes with the added incentive of a £3,000 cash prize.

While new writers are recognised with their own category, this award is open to actors, directors, designers or even companies who have produced bold and innovative work or performance in the 12 months since our last awards. No previously longlisted individual is eligible for consideration.

I am backing One Man, Two Guvnors (National's Lyttelton) by Richard Bean.

No contest in this category. The award just HAS to go to London Road, National's Cottesloe!

The shortlist will be published in the week beginning November 7 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy on November 20.

Follow the link to view the full list of nominees and to read the full story:

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I enjoyed both versions of Frankenstein very much, but what you say here 'Jonny played the Creature as a child in a man's body (an infant), Benedict played the Creature as an adult who had had his brains blown out and was relearning everything from scratch... it was a much more intelligent reading of the playscript' is spot on. I agree that that if anyone should win an award for that production, it should be Benedict. His was the harder path as The Creature and yet he really pulled it off. Plus he was also a much more handsome Victor. :-))

Can't comment on the other plays as I haven't seen them, alas. :-/

Thank God someone agrees with me.

I literally had my head cut off, ironically on Cumberbatchfans, for daring to suggest that Benedict was much better than Jonny at both roles. I am entitled to my opinion, just the same as everyone else. Theatre critics were split - some liked Benedict, some preferred Jonny. As long as you have a reason, then you should be allowed to say that one actor was stronger than the other if that is the case. It was clearly the case in this production.

Also, I had written this in the main post, and then I deleted it. I can, however, say it in the comments. Jonny's rape scene was overly gratuitous and sickening. It made me physically ill to watch it and it was a total misreading of the text. He destroyed all the audience's empathy for the Creature by playing the rape scene as he did. Benedict's interpretation was entirely different.

Benedict also gave 500% of himself every single performance he did. You could see that. Jonny, not so much.

I rest my case!

As for the other categories, I really feel that if Nick Hytner does not get Best Director it is daylight robbery!

I feel rather mean about agreeing – because I did enjoy JLM's performances. And let's face it, JLM deserves kudos because didn't miss any of his own performances plus covered the larger role on consecutive days when BC was indisposed.

I can't comment about or compare the rape scenes because I was flinching too much either way. It was a step beyond the scene in the original novel, which although entirely logical, was utterly shocking. Overall I thought JLM's Creature less disturbing. I really had to suspend disbelief to understand why he was shunned. He wasn't different enough – especially as from where I was sitting the only time I saw him as Creature, I could hardly see his sutures and scars! If his actions as rapist were nastier, that is very interesting. This is why NT need to give us a DVD of both performances... I would like to be able to compare again directly!

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