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Photo Coverage: Kinnear and Syal at Ian Charleson Awards

To commemorate and celebrate the life of Ian Charleson, The Sunday Times and the National Theatre collaborate annually to present these awards for outstanding performances anywhere in the UK by actors under the age of thirty in a classical role - defined as one in a play written before 1918. The judges this year were Wendy Spon, Michael Grandage, John Peter and Deborah Findlay, and Meera Syal was guest of honour at the ceremony.

The award was won by James McArdle for his performance as Platonov in Platonov at Chichester Festival Theatre, dir. Jonathan Kent. Platonov is currently in rehearsal at the NT, where it will be performed this summer as part of the Young Chekhov plays.

The full list of winners and commendations is below.

JOEL MacCORMACK(commended) Orestes in THE ORESTEIA

The Globe

The Globe

Adele Thomas

Ken Nwosu


Silvius in AS YOU LIKE IT NT

Polly Findlay

Joshua James


Konstantin in THE SEAGULL

and Nikolai in PLATONOV


Jonathan Kent

Jack Colgrave Hirst


Clown in THE WINTER'S TALE Branagh Season

Kenneth Branagh & Rob Ashford

James McArdle

(1st Prize)

Platonov in PLATONOV Chichester

Jonathan Kent


(2nd Prize)

Straker in MAN & SUPERMAN NT

Simon Godwin

Freddie Fox

(3rd Prize)

Romeo in Romeo & Juliet Crucible

Jonathan Humphreys




Selina Cadell

Jessica Brown Findlay


Electra in THE ORESTEIA Almeida

Robert Icke

Emily Barber


Innogen in CYMBELINE The Globe

Sam Yates



Marina in PERICLES The Globe

Dominic Dromgoole

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