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The Inheritance amongst the Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners

Wednesday, 21st Nov 2018  

The Inheritance: Part 1 - Noel Coward Theatre

Whilst many of the famous awards ceremonies came and went earlier in the year, autumn is that time when the red carpet is rolled out again for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 18th November.

There were many big winners during the evening, but some of the shows can still be seen in the West End, undoubtedly giving them a boost as we head into the Christmas season, and one of them was The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s two-part drama playing at the Noël Coward Theatre, which won Best Play.

The Inheritance runs in both parts in the West End, both having opened in late September, chronicling a long narrative set in the New York gay community. Various different stories, lives and interactions are displayed onstage, with Kyle Soller playing a character in one such story. Eric is a young, gay, Jewish man, and his world has been changed by the AIDS epidemic, much like those around him.

Kyle Soller is a familiar name to those that have watched television shows like Poldark or stage productions like the Apollo Theatre’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. His presence is amongst the selling points for The Inheritance.

It originally played at the Young Vic Theatre and was split into the two mentioned parts for its West End run, with both parts sold separately or as a combined ticket.

It wasn’t the only award win of the evening, however, with Hamilton winning Best Musical, The Jungle winning Best Design and Company’s Marianne Elliot winning Best Director. Ralph Fiennes was crowned Best Actor for Antony & Cleopatra at the National Theatre, a feat shared by his co-star Sophie Okonedo, who won Best Actress, whilst Rosalie Craig won Best Musical Performance for Company, Natasha Gordon won the most promising playwright award for Nine Night and Jamael Westman won the Emerging Talent Award for his role in Hamilton.

The Inheritance, Parts 1 and 2, continues at the Noël Coward Theatre and is booking to Saturday 19th January 2019.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.