Frankenstein proved to be a monster of a winner at the 57th annual Evening Standard Awards, whose ceremony took place on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at the Savoy Hotel.
The night's biggest surprise was the dual award for Best Actor, which was awarded to both co-stars and co-nominees Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, for their exhilarating performances starring as both Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the Monster in the acclaimed London production of Frankenstein, which was directed by famed film director and Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle. Cumberbatch and Miller alternated roles on a nightly basis, creating an excited buzz among London theatre critics and theatregoers, providing a buzzworthy reason to see the production more than once. (No word on whether Cumberbatch or Miller demanded that the name be pronounced "FRAHNkensteen" upon announcement...)
The night also saw another dual award -- to one person -- with the award for Best Play going to Richard Bean's comedy The Heretic, as well as to his One Man, Two Guvnors. Best Director, meanwhile, went to Mike Leigh for Grief, the heartbreaking portrait of a widow and her family.
For a complete look at The 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Award winners, visit my full-length article here.
Image: Courtesy of the National Theatre, Photo by Catherine Ashmore.