Friday 20 October 2017

Law and Weisz scoop theatre awards

Jude Law has won theatre award for his title role in Hamlet
Jude Law has won theatre award for his title role in Hamlet

Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Rowan Atkinson and X-Factor star Diana Vickers have scooped prestigious theatre awards, voted for by the public in record numbers.

Law and Weisz won best acting in a play gongs at the Whatsonstage.com Awards, Law for his title role in Hamlet and Oscar winner Weisz for playing fading beauty Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

A Streetcar Named Desire also took home the award for best play revival.

Both Hollywood stars already received a series of awards for the roles.

Law described the award for Hamlet, which transferred to Broadway, as "a real thrill".

He said in his pre-recorded speech: "It's a very important award for me because it's voted for by the theatregoers.

"Thank you very, very much. And I look forward to seeing you all again soon, on the stage."

The Royal Shakespeare Company's rival production of Hamlet, headed by former Doctor Who star David Tennant, was also a winner, with Sir Patrick named best supporting actor in a play for playing scheming ruler Claudius.

Sir Patrick also took home the theatre event of the year award - sharing the prize with his X-Men co-star Sir Ian, for their pairing in Waiting For Godot.

Atkinson, well known for his TV roles as Blackadder and Mr Bean, was named best actor in a musical for his portrayal of the money-grabbing Fagin in Oliver! while his co-star, I'd Do Anything winner Jodie Prenger, received the best supporting actress in a musical award for playing Nancy.

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