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Inside the ES Theatre Awards


Famous names as diverse as Anna Wintour, Colin Firth, James Corden and Gemma Arterton arrived at the Savoy Hotel last night (25 November) for the 2012 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

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Key wins included Nick Payne’s Constellations for best play, Dame Judi Dench for her contribution to world theatre and Danny Boyle, whose team was recognised for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

ABOVE: Actress Ruth Wilson

Stylist was at the Savoy, and we caught up with a few of the stars to ask them about their theatrical highlights of the year.

"I'm so excited for tonight," said Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton. "It’s been such a mental year that I haven't had much time for the theatre. I'm just looking forward to some downtime with my family as I've been neglecting them for 10 years. I’m pretty lucky as now Strictly's over for me I’ve got the time for that. I was rubbish on Strictly anyway – I’d have been thoroughly embarrassed if I got my hands on the trophy."

Victoria was wearing a sequinned knee-length Burberry gown and Kurt Geiger shoes for the ceremony. She wasn’t the only guest wearing the British heritage brand last night. Model Jourdan Dunn and actress Felicity Jones also stepped out in Christopher Bailey creations.

ABOVE: Model Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan gushed that "of course I’m wearing Burberry – it's my fave," when we asked her about her stunning gold dress. "This is my first time going to the Theatre Awards," she continued. "I don’t know about my cultural highlight, but I really want to take my son to see Shrek (the musical) – it looks brilliant."

ABOVE: Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton

"I loved The Effect at the National and NSFW at the Royal Court," said actress Ruth Wilson, who later presented the award for best actor to Simon Russell Beale. "Another highlight – or what I expect to be a highlight as I haven’t seen it yet – is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. My friend Luke (Treadaway) is in it and hopefully I’ll get to see his performance next weekend."

Benedict Andrews' rendition of Chekhov's Three Sisters at the Young Vic was a popular choice with Felicity Jones. "Playing Nirvana onstage was so inventive and I loved the deconstruction of the stage at the end – it was so unusual and clever," she said. The actress wore a floor-length white Burberry dress and told us that her next project is promotion of her new film at Sundance Film Festival in January.

Check out photos of all the red carpet arrivals here or click here for a full list of winners.



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