The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards took place last weekend, highlighting the cream of the crop from a year chock full of exciting and varied content across the UK.
Among the winners was "Sweeney Todd", which deservedly took home the gong in our favourite category, the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical. Stage veteran Michael Ball played the razor-wielding Demon Barber of Fleet Street with a hilariously terrifying panache we haven't seen in the West End for a long time, alongside Imelda Staunton as the pie-mad Mrs Lovett.
Sir Nicholas Hynter, director of the celebrated National Theatre, won two awards -- one for his inventive and innovative direction of "Timon of Athens", and the other for his "dynamic directorship" of the National. The South Bank venue consistently showcases a delectable mix of drama and comedy as well as new and old; if you have never been, it's worth a visit. Snag tickets for one of the National's current plays, "Damned by Despair" -- an adaptation of a 17th-century tale of good versus evil -- for £15.
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