It was a big night for UA clients last night at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
I’m sure I’ll miss someone out (have a look at our website later on to check) but, Richard Bean won Best Play for two of his creations: The Heretic (Royal Court) and of course, One Man, Two Guvnors.
Best Director went to Mike Leigh for Grief at the National’s Cottesloe.
Adam Cork won the Best Design award for his sound design of Anna Christie and King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse.
The Moscow Art Theatre’s Golden Seagull went to Tom Stoppard for his contribution to Russian theatre and the international stage.
And finally, the Charles Wintour award for Most Promising Playwright was won by Giles Smart’s client Penelope Skinner for her play The Village Bike which was a runaway success at the Royal Court in the summer.
Designed by Helen Goddard, the show followed the on-edge Becky in the summer of her first pregnancy, in a darkly comic exploration of romance, intimacy and sexual frustration. The play also won the 2011 George Devine Award.
The reviews were wonderful:
Penelope Skinner’s new play The Village Bike at the Royal Court is mercilessly funny and savagely insightful.
The Royal Court has harvested a strong crop of female writers in recent years, although no playwright has put women themselves centre stage with quite such bravado as Penelope Skinner.
This is a wickedly wise, furiously funny play that freewheels among the mess and indignities behind the many myths about sex.
The wonderful new play from Penelope Skinner… this bicycle’s path, one feels, has only just begun.
New York Times
Well done everyone at United Agents!