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Good night for Sir Kenneth Branagh as award honours series of theatre hits

By Laura Harding

Published 14/11/2016

Sir Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Old Vic Theatre in London last night
Sir Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Old Vic Theatre in London last night

Sir Kenneth Branagh has been honoured with a top theatre award after a series of hits in London's West End.

Sir Ken took home the Lebedev Award from the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for a successful season of productions at the Garrick Theatre.

The Belfast-born actor and director's performance in The Entertainer at the Garrick also landed him a place on the shortlist for best actor.

However, that went to Ralph Fiennes for his performances in both The Master Builder and Richard III, while Billie Piper scored the Natasha Richardson award for best actress for Yerma at the Young Vic.

Sir Ken wasn't the only Belfast star up for an award. Anthony Boyle (22), from Poleglass, was nominated in the emerging talent award.

He wowed audiences as Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco Malfoy, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And while he didn't win, the stage sequel to JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels was named best play.

The prizes were handed out in a ceremony presented by Rob Brydon at London's Old Vic Theatre in front of a star-studded audience that included Mark Rylance, James McAvoy and Dame Maggie Smith .

Belfast Telegraph

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