Long-running musical Miss Saigon scooped a record-breaking nine honours at the WhatsOnStage Awards in London on Sunday (15Feb15). The Tony Award-winning stage show, which returned to London's West End after a 15-year absence in 2014, won nine of its 12 nominations, sweeping all the acting prizes, including Best Actor and Actress in a Musical, for Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada respectively.
The Vietnam War-set show also won prizes for Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Set Design, Best Musical Revival, and Best West End show.
Former Doctor Who co-stars David Tennant and Billie Piper shared the spotlight again as they took home other acting prizes - the former Time Lord beat Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong for the Best Actor in a Play prize for his work in Richard II, and his ex-companion Piper triumphed over Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton and Helen McCrory to win Best Actress in a Play for her work in the critically-acclaimed Great Britain.
Another big winner was Shakespearean tragedy Coriolanus, earning three prizes, including Best Play Revival, Lighting Design, and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Gatiss.
The Best New Play accolade was given to Shakespeare in Love, which is based on the 1998 Oscar-winning film, and the Best New Musical trophy was handed to Memphis the Musical.
The WhatsOnStage awards, which are voted by theater-goers, was held at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre.
Mark Strong and Helen Mccrory were the toast of the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in London on Tuesday (27Jan15), scooping the top acting prizes. The Kick-Ass star was awarded the Best Actor prize for his role in Arthur Miller play A View From The Bridge, which will soon be transferring to London's West End for a limited run in February (15).
Harry Potter star McCrory, wife of Damian Lewis, was honoured with the Best Actress award for her star turn in Greek tragedy Medea.
The Best Musical award went to the revival of Gypsy, starring British actress Imelda Staunton, which opened in Chicester, England last year (14) and will transfer to London's Savoy Theatre in March (15).
Ivo van Hove won Best Director for The View From The Bridge, King Charles III was named Best New Play, and The Wolfman actor Antony Sher was handed an award for Best Shakespearean Performance for his role in Henry IV Parts I & II.
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Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Gemma Arterton and Gillian Anderson have been lauded for their theatre acting after landing top nominations for Britain's WhatsOnStage Awards. Hiddleston's performance as Shakespeare's Coriolanus has scored the production six nods, including Best Actor in a Play for the Thor star, who will do battle with Tennant (Richard II), Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge), Richard Armitage (The Crucible) and Tom Bateman (Shakespeare in Love).
Castmembers Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss and Deborah Findlay have also earned recognition in the supporting categories, while Coriolanus is shortlisted for Best Play Revival, against Blithe Spirit, The Crucible, Richard II and A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Tennessee Williams production has also won acclaim for Anderson as Best Actress in a Play, pitting her against Billie Piper (Great Britain), Imelda Staunton (Good People), Helen McCrory (Medea) and Lucy Briggs-Owen (Shakespeare in Love).
Meanwhile, the musical categories are dominated by Miss Saigon and Memphis the Musical, boasting 12 and 10 nominations respectively.
Miss Saigon's Alistair Brammer and Jon Jon Briones are up for Best Actor in a Musical, alongside Memphis the Musical's Killian Donnelly, Marti Pellow from Evita and Robert Lindsay for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, while the female category features Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada going up against Beverley Knight (Memphis the Musical) and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton (Made in Dagenham), among others.
The winners for the WhatsOnStage Awards, voted for by the public, will be announced at a ceremony in London on 15 February (15).
Actor Damian Lewis was honoured by Britain's Prince William during a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday (26Nov14). The Homeland star was given the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal by the royal for his successful acting career across the globe.
Dressed in a smart morning suit and accompanied by his wife Helen McCrory, he was congratulated by the prince at the investiture ceremony.
Speaking after the event, Lewis revealed he was shocked to be honoured, saying, "I was stupefied, I had no idea, so it was a big big surprise... I remember when I heard I was being awarded it, it was a little bit like 'now you've got to prove it'. It was a bit like being asked to be a (school) prefect, now I have to be extremely responsible."
Lewis also gave an insight into his chat with the royal, adding, "He (the prince) said, 'Catherine (Duchess of Cambridge) and I are huge Homeland fans'. He said, 'You appeared again the other night briefly, and we all got very excited,' which is true, but it was also on Sunday night which means he is absolutely up to date with the latest episode and I'm amazed they have time for that."
Tom Hiddleston has been nominated for the best actor prize at Britain's Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his role in William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus.
The Thor actor starred as the titular Roman leader in the production at the Donmar Warehouse in London in December (13) and he has now landed a top nod for the part. He will compete against Zero Dark Thirty actor Mark Strong, who is nominated for his role in Arthur Miller's play A View from the Bridge, and V for Vendetta actor Ben Miles, who starred in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies - a double bill stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's two novels.
Gillian Anderson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Harry Potter star Helen McCrory and singer-turned-actress Billie Piper will battle it out for the best actress prize.
Billy Elliott film maker Stephen Daldry is nominated for best direction for Skylight, and Sunny Afternoon, the new production telling the story of The Kinks, is in the running for best musical.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon at the London Palladium on 30 November (14).
Stars including Damian Lewis, Matthew Rhys and Katherine Jenkins have taken part in a commercial to promote tourism in Wales. The Homeland star, who has family connections to Wales, was among the celebrities who filmed video messages welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to the country for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, which begins on Thursday (04Sep14).
Their messages form a commercial created by the Welsh Government to promote tourism and business to the world ambassadors.
In the clip, Lewis says, "My family has always had a farmhouse in West Wales and it is, I have to say, my favourite place on earth... welcome to Wales, we hope you find it as magical as we do."
Lewis' actress wife Helen McCrory, whose mother is Welsh, appears in the video along with Brothers & Sisters star Rhys and classical singer Jenkins, who are also both Welsh.
British actress Helen Mccrory fears she has scarred her kids for life after they were left terrified by her appearance on the set of new film Bill. The Harry Potter actress portrays Queen Elizabeth I in the new family movie about the real life of William Shakespeare.
Rather than the flame-haired monarch usually shown on screen, McCrory underwent a drastic transformation for the role, wearing a bald cap and using make-up to create smallpox scars.
But her look backfired when her children Manon and Gulliver visited the set - and she fears she is the reason for their recent nightmares.
McCrory tells London's Evening Standard, "My children recently came on set to watch me play Elizabeth I in an upcoming film. I warned them I decided to play her as she really looked, with pockmarked skin and bald, but occasionally they wake up in the night whimpering and I wonder if it's because of that image."
Homeland star Damian Lewis and his wife Helen Mccrory will read love poetry to each other at a recital in October (14). The audience will have to guess if the couple, which married in 2007, are reading as professionals or reflecting on their own feelings. Their performance will take place at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England.
Electro duo Goldfrapp are writing the music for a new London stage adaptation of Greek tragedy Medea. The Ooh La La hitmakers are overseeing the score of the National Theatre's new take on Euripides' story of loss and revenge.
Alison Goldfrapp took to Twitter.com to announce the collaboration, writing, "Hi! Wanted to let you know we're writing the music for National Theatre's production of #Medea directed by Carrie Cracknell."
The play will feature Harry Potter star Helen McCrory in the title role. The production will kick off in the U.K. capital on 14 July (14) and will later be screened at selected cinemas in the U.K. in September (14).