Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 – Preisverleihung in London

Gestern Abend wurde in London die Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 verliehen. Diese Awards werden seit 1955 verliehen und sind daher die ältesten Theater Awards in Großbritanien und würdigen großartige Leistungen rund um Londons Theaterbühnen.

Ich bin ganz ehrlich, mir sind solche Awards (allen voran die Oscars) eigentlich ziemlich wurscht, weil sie eben immer sehr subjektiv und von Menschen vergeben werden, aber wenn ich jemanden oder etwas mag, freue ich mich natürlich doch, wenn er/sie/es mit dieser Form der Anerkennung gewürdigt wird.

Die Shortlist der Nominierten für dieses Jahr könnt ihr hier anschauen.
Ich habe leider die meisten Stücke nicht gesehen und kann daher nicht sagen, wer verdient oder unverdient nominiert wurde und dann gestern den Award mit nach Hause nehmen durfte, aber ich habe Sophie Okonedo und Ralph Fiennes, die beide für ihre Hauptrollen in ‚Antony & Cleopatra‘ nominiert waren, ganz heftig die Daumen gedrückt.
Allerdings habe ich gerade Ralph Fiennes gegen Ian McKellen (für King Lear) und Brian Cranston (für Network) keine großen Chancen ausgerechnet.

Umso schöner war es dann heute Morgen zu der Nachricht aufzuwachen, dass sowohl Okonedo als auch Fiennes gewonnen haben und damit seit 30 Jahren das erste Duo sind, das die jeweiligen Awards gemeinsam gewinnt.

Dominic Cavendish, Theaterkritiker des Telegraphs sagt über Okonedo als Cleopatra:

“Okonedo radiates amusement, wilfulness, all the necessary push and pull of attitudes.
Around her, the director does much to answer the play’s equivalent tug between epic and domestic, exotic and politic, tragedy and comedy, laying out the complex action with calmness and clarity.“

Und in einem früheren Beitrag zur Inszenierung:

“Cleopatra is an iconic part, but it is vertiginous and it requires guts. And Sophie has guts. She isn’t vain and she is willing to go to strange and dark places. She is radiant and sexy and she can be emotionally true.”

Über Fiennes als Antony sagt er:

“Failure hangs over the play, and the trap is to play Antony like he’s a failure. Ralph will make him a man of action, of intensity and heroism, rather than a depleted figure.”

Die Zitate sind aus diesem Artikel übernommen, der auch eine Liste der anderen Gewinner enthält.
Bilder der Gewinner der 10 Awards mit ihren Trophäen gibt es unter anderem hier.

In der Laudatio für Okonedo beschrieb Richard Madden ihre Performance als ‚magical‘, während Claire Foy in ihrer Laudatio auf Fiennes, seine Performance als ‚memorably intense‘ kategorisierte.

Fiennes dankte dem National Theatre

und seiner Partnerin auf der Bühne

und Okonedo kann sich nichts besseres vorstellen, als gerade jetzt Cleopatra zu spielen

Und jetzt spamme ich einfach noch ein wenig mit Bildern und Videos rum 🙂

Interview von Ralph Fiennes auf dem roten Teppich

Andrew Garfield & Richard Madden Are Dapper Dudes at Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018! – mit Roten-Teppich-Bildern von den Beiden und Ian Mckellen, sowohl Ralph Fiennes und Colin Morgan.

Bei der Ankunft
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Bei der Dankesrede
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Mit Claire Foy und Award
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Mit Sophie Okonedo und Award
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Mit Joely Richardson und Daisy Bevan (Tochter und Enkelin von Vanessa Redgrave)
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Mit Anna Wintour und Stella McCartney
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33 Antworten zu Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 – Preisverleihung in London

  1. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, I had a small crush on Fiennes in the 1990s after I saw The English Patient. Didn’t last very long and he looks older here, not crazy about that massive bushel of beard but he’s a great actor and I would love to see him in a play down the road! Hiddleston is apparently doing one soon. Do you have any idea when?


  2. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Astonishingly Fiennes beard is okay for me as long as he doesn’t get to bushy.
    And Holy Moly has this man a stage presence….

    Yes, I do. Hiddles will be on stage in London from 5th March to 3rd June 2019 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
    For more infos: https://www.pinteratthepinter.com/the-plays/betrayal

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  3. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, thank you! I’ve heard Hiddles (cute cute name for him) is very good and that would be worth seeing although June more like it but tickets probably will sell out lickety split! Maybe our dear Richard will hop on board and join the London theatre crowd so I can go and finally meet some of you guys!!!


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  5. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: You’re welcome!
    I saw his Coriolanus via NTlive and loved it (although I am not a big fan of Shakespeare), so yes I think he’s really good with the right material and well worth seeing. The theatre is bigger now than when he did Coriolanus (only 200 or 300 seats when I recall it correctly) and the Pinter theatre has 800 or so. So I guess it’ll be easier to get tickets. And in London Theatre Land there are always ways to get tickets during the run even if a play is called ’sold out‘ so if you get over there it’ll be worth a try I think 🙂
    And meetings with other fans are mostly fun so go for that too! 🙂


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  7. Servetus schreibt:

    I don’t „get“ Fiennes (and I’m a little freaked out that I think he’s your new crush!) but I bought a ticket for the NTLive transmission of this play. I have never seen a live A&C (only film versions), so this should be interesting.


  8. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: in what way don’t get him? He as an actor? Or as an OdB?
    Re freaked out: me too 😲😨 😉
    I won’t be able to watch the transmission *sigh* but I am curious what you’ll make of it.


  9. Servetus schreibt:

    Either, I guess. I haven’t seen him in many films. Maybe he is a different person on stage. Sorry about your cinema’s inexplicable behavior!


  10. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Me neither (yet) *lol*
    Maybe some day I’ll write about this unintelligible crush but for now I’ll plan to watch a lot of his movies to get a clearer vision of his Œuvre…

    Thanks! I will need a lot of time to get over this *sigh* maybe the local Arthouse cinema will take over but it’s a big if at this point and I guess it’ll be too late for the current season anyway.


  11. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba if you are talking about Fiennrs still he was pretty good in In Bruges and of course English Patient should have won for that..


  12. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Yes, he who shall not be named 😉
    Haven’t seen those movies but bought a bunch of DVD’s over the last few weeks and will watch them hopefully soon. If so they will appear here on the blog 🙂


  13. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Great! Looking forward to your thoughts!! 👏👍😘


  14. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Thanks! We’ll have to wait and see how it goes. Not sure if I am very capable at the moment to write about the guy 😉


  15. Servetus schreibt:

    I’m looking forward to your explanation! (my BF at the time and I walked out of English Patient — we thought it was such a boring movie — and we almost never do that. But that might not be Fiennes‘ fault, of course)


  16. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: You’re the first one I’ll share it with…..if I ever find one of course 😉
    I read the book and found it horrible, that’s why I never watched the movie.
    I think I saw him first in Schindler’s List, can’t remember him in The Hurt locker and The Reader and like him as M in Bond.
    But there was no indication that he would get to me like he did after I watched The constant Gardener….it’s a bit weird on more than one level but I guess I should go with the flow, enjoy it and not question it too much


  17. Servetus schreibt:

    Wow, maybe we are not just buffet twins. I tried Ondaatje’s novel after the film, b/c i thought I must have missed something, and stopped after the first few chapters. Uch. Schindler’s List is on Servetus‘ List of Historical Movies Not To Be Watched Without Running Commentary From An Expert (I didn’t like that novel, either). I didn’t see The Reader because the book annoyed me so much. Maybe I should try The Constant Gardener.

    And yeah — go with the flow. But you know me, I’d always say, ask the questions!!!


  18. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: *lol* I always thought maybe I was too young to read it (16 or 17) but maybe not. I read the whole, boring thing and wasn’t sure what the author wanted to say afterwards…
    Schindler’s List was a ‚better‘ read for me but I ‚liked‘ the movie more.
    Re The reader: annoyed because the books seems to show so much sympathy for the guard?

    Yes, I know. I only don’t now if I’m able to get much answered in that stage of the process…..the only thing that’s clear at the moment: I haven’t chosen a saint this time

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  19. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba I forgot about The Constant Gardener he and Rachel Weisz who won
    an Oscar were both good. That movie is worth another viewing hmmm 👍👏


  20. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Whaaaaaaat? How could you forget this look??? 😉

    Oh and if you rewatch it: be aware that my Fiennes lunacy started with it 😉 :mrgreen:


  21. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Yes I think this was a good look on him. I liked him in The English Patient
    Went so far as dreaming about him for a short spell but he’s
    an oddball he’s more private now but I won’t rain on your
    Love parade. I’ll have to see if NT broadcasts of A and C is playing around my neck of the woods. The movie theatre closest to me always plays it during the work week when I can’t go🙄😩I saw Bodyguard in a long binge festival can I email you to chat about it?


  22. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: in what way oddball? Spill the beans!!! At the moment nothing can’t rain on that particular parade, believe me I tried everything 😉 (Normally for me the cheating would be a total turn off)
    Sadly the broadcasts are mostly during the week because most of them are live and the preferred day for that seems to be thursday.

    Sure, my mail address for the blog is minor_herbaÄTweb.de
    You also can comment here: https://minorherba.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/bodyguard/ if it suits you better


  23. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba I don’t want to. Let’s say he displayed rather douche behavior on more than one occasion that turned me totally off. I’ll email you in a bit on my iPad I don’t have my dad ‘s WiFi password and he’s not awake yet


  24. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Yes, I read some accounts of people who thought he behaved poorly. And then there are accounts who praise him as absolutley nice. Sadly I wasn’t able to form an own opinion because he failed to turn up on the stage door when I was in London.

    No problem, my lunchbreak is nearly over anyway 😉


  25. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba I actually meant before now but just to see him on stage would be a delight
    and he’s a great actor. The brother Joseph I never really was fond of
    Although he has aged rather well. He’s a bit more private guy w a family
    whereas Ralph I think never became a daddy?


  26. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: I know 🙂
    No he has no kids and he said in an interview I’ve read this was his own choice, but I don’t know if that’s true for his marriage or was a later decision. If I read it right he was somewhat of a father to his long time love kids at some point.


  27. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    He was married? I know he and Alex Kingston were in a long time relationship in the late 80s and early 90s then he was w an actress (her name escapes me right now) for a uber long time until he screwed that up which the manner that he did it upsets me
    I thought it showed poor character on his part. He also got belligerent on an airplane
    But he’s the consummate performer and I’m glad he’s branching out to directing although I haven’t seen Coriolanus which I need to. To hear him do Shakespeare would be swoon worthy 😍💗👍👏


  28. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Yes, Alex Kingston was his wife for four or five years after they dated for 10 years or so, till he played Hamlet and fell in love with Francesca Annis (the woman with the children) who played Gertrud. They were in a relationship for more than 10 years.
    To be honest, the airplane story made me laugh, because he seemed to be sooooo ashamed after the story came out.
    And yes, I would also evaluate all of this as poor character!

    I would have loved to see his newest movie that he directed which premiered on the London Film Festival when I was in the city, but the only showing I would have been able to watch was sold out in an instant and now I have to wait till a wider cinematic release or a dvd


  29. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Ah Franscesa Annis she was like 12 years older than him I think and he
    chucked that for a Russian babe if I remember correctly
    Did you like Corlionias? I’m happy for Alex Kingston she got her family


  30. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: She is 18 years older than him and the rumor had it he betrayed her with an 31 years old Romanian singer/songwriter – what he always denied when I rembember correctly.
    I haven’t watched his version yet. I am still really new to him and hadn’t had much time to catch up with his work.
    Yes, Kingston seems to be happily married (to a German), has one long hoped for daughter and is also doing well workwise. And she seems at peace with Fiennes although she said shortly after the split that he was the love of her life and he’d broken her heart :/


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  32. Servetus schreibt:

    The Reader — it seemed like it was supposed to be an allegory of some kind, and the whole illiteracy thing bothered me, like the author was trying to imply that the perpetrators of the Holocaust had mainly suffered from ignorance (or some kind of lack of volition). It was frustrating because I did think the book was beautifully written. Otherwise I’d have seen the film for Kate Winslet, whose work I really enjoy.


  33. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Ah, I read that criticism many times and yes it’s bothersome on more than one level.
    I like her too, as an actress and as a person (as far as I can tell)

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