Private Lives – Vaudeville Theatre – Reviews round-up

Round up of reviews of PRIVATE LIVES starring Kim Cattrall at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
Evening Standard –4 / 5

The Telegraph – 4 / 5

The Guardian – 3 / 5

The Independent – 4 / 5

Daily Mail – 5 / 5
GU: A classy revival, expertly staged by Richard Eyre… but, while it will give pleasure, the partnership of Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen as Amanda and Elyot never struck me as hatched in some ante-room of heaven.

TE: Richard Eyre’s terrific new production

TI: Thanks to him and his lead actors you can’t miss the play’s unassuming point and purpose.

ES: Noël Coward’s comedy calls for a mixture of turbulence and dry urbanity, and Richard Eyre’s finely calibrated production of Private Lives exhibits just the right blend of these qualities.

IN: Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen display an onstage chemistry that works like a volatile charm in Richard Eyre’s exhilaratingly funny revival of the Noel Coward comedy classic.

VA: The delights of flippancy are only intermittently on offer in Richard Eyre’s effortful revival. It’s not just the headline casting of Kim Cattrall as Amanda that overbalances this production.

DM: This is a gorgeous, glorious production of Private Lives, just bitchy enough to be modern, yet old-fashioned enough to have a three-part form.
IN: Right from the moment when Cattrall first appears on the hotel balcony clad only in a snowy white beach towel. With her tossed blonde curls and barbed flightiness, she’s a delight. …she’s got very good comic timing and demonstrates a winning flair for emotional slapstick.

GU: Cattrall, most famed for Sex and the City, is actually very good as Amanda… she brings out the inviolable selfhood that, for Coward, was a vital part of sexual attraction.

TE: Cattral is a vision to behold, at ease in her body, and miraculously combining vulnerability with sharp wit.

TI: At first I thought… too free with the sort of fluttery vowels Marilyn Monroe might have have emitted were she attempting an English accent, she combines allure with the mulishness of a woman who knows her own mind as well as her own body.

ES: Cattrall conveys an arch playfulness and a good deal of flighty yet vulnerable glamour. There’s warmth, too, albeit perhaps not quite enough of it.

VA: Cattrall is as elegant and feline as could be hoped for…  But it requires too much effort for Cattrall to iron out her North American inflections and accent, making her voice — and thus her performance — high-pitched and, on occasion, forced.

DM: Actress Kim Cattrall almost completely sheds her identity as ‘that vamp from TV’s Sex And The City’… she produces a not quite faultless English accent. A few words such as ‘one’, ‘afterwards’, ‘going’ and ‘worry’ require attention, but as Elyot says in one of the play’s many memorable lines, ‘don’t quibble, Sibyl’.
IN: Macfadyen is all the funnier for being so meatily masculine and solid a presence, with an accent that seems to mock its own port-wine plumminess in a manner that reminded me, at times, of Michael Gambon.

GU: There is a sanity about Macfadyen which doesn’t quite square with Elyot’s espousal of flippancy as a way of life.

TE: Matthew Macfadyen has more than a touch of the brutish bully about him.

TI: At first I thought him too aloof, even a bit sullen and stolid… But his wit has bite

ES: In the key roles, Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen have what might blithely be termed chemistry — though in fact it’s closer to particle physics, all energetic collisions and strong nuclear force.

DM: Mr Macfadyen resists any temptation to speak in a classic clipped Cowardese. He makes sense of the lines by using the sort of pouty tone of entitlement too often heard from today’s gilded 30-somethings.

VA: Macfadyen is an unusually weighty Elyot. But his unexpectedly baleful quality initially slows down the play’s pulse. He too warms up as the play progresses, but his rhythm only rarely seems in synch with Cattrall’s.
IN: Eyre’s splendid production alerts you anew to the fact that Private Lives is a dazzling feat of airborne comic dramaturgy.

GU: It is a clever, funny production that certainly hits the spot. Only the nagging perfectionist in me makes me feel there is even more to Amanda and Elyot… they never quite acquire the halo of specialness that for Coward was the justification for living.

TE: This production never quite attains the bruising passion that Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman brought to the play a few years ago, but it comes close.

ES: Although it begins on an unexpectedly passive note, this is a satisfying and intelligently conceived production. It’s fluent, very funny and at times dazzlingly well-acted.

VA: The play only truly comes to life in the scenes of physical comedy… Cattrall’s presence may pull crowds, but compared with past couplings as blissful as Abigail Thaw and Simon Robson, or Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman, these two are simply working too hard.


ES: Evening Standard – Henry Hitchings

TI: The Times – Benedict Nightingale

TE: The Telegraph – Charles Spencer

GU: The Guardian – Michael Billington

IN: The Independent – Paul Taylor

DM: Daily Mail – Quentin Letts

VA: Variety – David Benedict

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Meal Deals – Enjoy a free restaurant dinner

Enjoy our latest Meal Deals in our Dine for Free promotion, offering thousands of free meals in West End restaurants when booking tickets to a show.

As well as free dining, many of the packages in the promotion also include money off the theatre ticket – making this a great-value way of dining out and enjoying the best of the West End.

Shows featured in the promotion include major musicals Blood Brothers, Wicked, Chicago, We Will Rock You and The Lion King.

Restaurants in the promotion include some of the tastiest places to eat in the city, including Christopher’s, Thai Square, The Spaghetti House and The Langley.

All the restaurants are guaranteed to be close to their corresponding theatre, and a table reservation is automatically made on booking to ensure that the evening goes perfectly to plan. Many of the packages include a choice of either pre or post theatre dining, allowing customers to choose whether to eat before or after the show.

Meal Deal £24.50

Meal Deal £26.50

Hilarious Hitchcock.

Stars Melanie C.

Ticket (worth £24.50) + dinner at Planet Hollywood

Ticket (worth £39.50) + dinner at The Spaghetti House



Meal Deal £27.50

Meal Deal £28.50

Michael Jackson tribute.

Stars Ruthie Henshall.

Ticket (worth £43.50) + dinner at The Spaghetti House)

Ticket (worth £45.75) + dinner at The Langley



Meal Deal £30

Meal Deal £37.50

Grease is the word!

The ghostly thriller.

Ticket (worth £30) + dinner at Planet Hollywood

Ticket (worth £42.50) + dinner at Christophers



Meal Deal £39.50

Meal Deal £40

High-octane dance show.

Disney’s classic show.

Ticket (worth £47.50) + dinner at The Spgahetti House

Ticket (worth £35.50) + dinner at Thai Square



Meal Deal £45

Meal Deal £53

The Queen rock musical.

Have the time of your life.

Ticket (worth £55) + dinner at the Eagle Diner

Ticket (worth £62.50) + dinner at Thai Square



Meal Deal £60

Meal Deal £60

The joyous new musical.

The spectacular musical.

Ticket (worth £63.25) + dinner at Acots

Ticket (worth £60) + dinner at BBar Victoria



Entiende lo fundamental de posicionamiento en buscadores

Posicionamiento SEO es, básicamente, poner un sitio web en las primeras posciones de Google y más relevantes buscadores, para un cierto número palabras claves. Eso se define como posicionamiento SEO: que las personas y sociedades interesadas en tu objeto o servicio te te puedan encontrar en los buscadores, antes que a tu competencia. Y, lo más importante, transformarlos de visitas a usuarios.

El SEO no tiene por qué ser necesariamente el webmaster o el responsable , sino que éste último podrá contratar sus servicios. Existen cada vez mayor cantidad de sociedades que se han especializado en el posicionamiento en buscadores, y ofrecen ayuda a otros portales de internet

Tener un sitio web no es garantía de ser competitivo, muy por el contrario, se exige de una empresa SEO para obtener resultados decentes

El SEO tiene que ver con los links en la web. Los contenidos ofrecen enlaces, las redes sociales poseen enlaces, en Twitter hay vínculos, hasta los vídeos de YouTube muestran enlaces, pero ningún SEO posee la más mínima gana de crear y publicar todo ese contenido. No por lo que cobran, eso seguro.

Cuando comprendas ello, tendrás el saber necesario para estar listo a comenzar el arduo trabajo que respecta al posicionamiento Web. Nunca olvides que los motores de búsqueda actualizan sus bases de datos y puedes quedar fuera de las páginas de resultados sin previo aviso, así que es aconsejable que estés monitoreando los movimientos del sitio Web de acuerdo pasan los días, meses e incluso años.

En cuanto a los factores externos del SEO de una página (OFF), es la parte que promociona su sitio web en el mundo. Los factores OFF se refieren a la obtención de links que apunten a su sitio de internet. Estos suelen ser considerados como votos, mientras más se reciban, su sitio web será considerado como bueno o importante y por tanto merecedor de un top 10 en Google. No es solamente la cantidad de enlaces que se obtienen lo que define su posicionamiento. La calidad de estos del mismo modo juega un papel importante. Los vínculos de retroceso (links) que usted obtenga, de websites que a su vez sean considerados importantes por los buscadores serán más preciosos.

Jersey Boys – Save £15 on this award winning show

Save £15 on tickets to see the Olivier award winning musical Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre

Valid Tuesday to Thursday evenings

JERSEY BOYS is the feel-good musical that has smashed all box office records at the Prince Edward Theatre in London and won over 20 major awards around the world, including the 2009 Olivier Award for BEST NEW MUSICAL.

This internationally acclaimed hit musical tells the incredible story of the rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Discover how these four New Jersey boys form the wrong side of the tracks invented their own unique sound, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide. With spectacular performances of all their hits, JERSEY BOYS is the electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music.

This sensational production features many of the bands worldwide hits, including: BEGGIN’, CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU, OH WHAT A NIGHT, WALK LIKE A MAN, BYE BYE BABY (BABY GOODBYE), SHERRY, BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY and many more.

JERSEY BOYS has now been seen by over 4 million people worldwide.
‘Oh what a night of magical memories….This is an utterly wonderful show full of vitality, pace and power’ Daily Express.
‘Let’s hear it for the Boys…..I suspect, be some time before London says Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) to the phenomenal Jersey Boys’ Daily Telegraph.
Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they work their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom, and features such hits as ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’ ‘Oh, What a Night’ and many more.

Directed by Des McAnuff, with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Bob Crewe and The Four Seasons’ own Bob Gaudio, it has won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. McAnuff is on board for the London version of the show, as are the Broadway creative team: choreographer Sergio Trujillo, production designer Klara Zieglerova, lighting designer Binkley and costume designer Jess Goldstein.

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Love Never Dies – Starts tonight

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brand new musical Love Never Dies will start previewing tonight at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

And to say there is some anticipation is an understatement.

The show is directed by legendary Broadway director Jack O’Brien, responsible for big Broadway hits The Full Monty and Hairspray.

The first preview performance was originally scheduled for Saturday 20 February but had to be cancelled to give the cast and crew more time to rehearse.

The multi-million pound new musical, which has already taken more than £8 million at the box-office, follows the story of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, this time setting the show on Coney Island in New York at the turn of the last century.

The original musical has been seen by over 100 million people worldwide, so the pressure is on to create a new work that lives up to the incredible legacy of the original.

The new show is based on a novel by Frederick Forsyth called The Phantom Of Manhattan, and adapted initially by Ben Elton (We Will Rock You), who was responsible for reintroducing some of the original characters including Christine and Raoul.

A strong launch cast includes Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom, Sierra Boggess as Christine, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry, Summer Strallen as her daughter Meg,  Joseph Millson as Raoul, Niamh Perry as Fleck, Adam Pearce as Squelch and Jami Reid-Quarrell as Gangle.

The show’s World Premiere will be on Tuesday 9 March 2010, followed by New York on Thursday 11 November and Australia in 2011.

In the musical, the story continues with the Phantom moving from his lair in the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of Coney Island in New York. Set ten years after the mysterious disappearance of the Phantom from Paris, the show works on the themes of obsession and intrigue, promising a number of shocking plot twists and large-scale spectacles.


Director – Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Catch Me If You Can)

Music – Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita)

Lyricist – Glenn Slater(The Little Mermaid, Sister Act)

Set and costume designer – Bob Crowley (Phèdre, The History Boys, Mary Poppins)

Choreographer-  Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The Full Monty)

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Sweet Charity to transfer

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s sold out run of Sweet Charity is to transfer in to the West End.

Starring ex-EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite in the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, the show will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 23 April.

Winner of a Tony Award, the musical has a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields and features a number of legendary musicals songs including Hey, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life.

Directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Stephen Mear and set design by Tim Shortall, the show is being brought in to town by David Ian and David Mirvish.

Sweet Charity follows the misadventures of the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine, a woman who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man.

Tamzin Outhwaite has proved a versatile actress across both stage and screen, having recently appeared in Matthew Warchus’ acclaimed production of Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, and on television in Hustle, Hotel Babylon and new dramas The Fixer and Paradox.

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Hal Prince to stage new show

New Menier Chocolate Factory season announced. Hal Prince to return to London to direct Mandy Patinkin musical

The new Menier Chocolate Factory season will see a strong line-up of new shows, many of which promise West End and Broadway transfers.

Most high-profile will be a jointly directed Hal Prince and Susan Stroman musical starring Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin, a major coup for the small theatre that has built up a sizeable reputation: its successful production of La Cage Aux Folles starring Douglas Hodge will open on Broadway in 2010.

The musical, Paradise Found, will run at the theatre from 19 May to 26 June before a possible Broadway transfer. Based on Joseph Roth’s novel The Tale Of The 1002nd Night, the show is about a visit the Shah of Persia made to Europe in 1873. Patinkin will play the Shah’s eunuch.

The show features music by Austrian waltz maestro Johann Strauss II and Jonathan Tunick, lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and a libretto by Richard Nelson. Composer Tunick is widely known for orchestrating many Broadway musicals, including the works of Stephen Sondheim.

Legendary director Hal Prince was responsible for the premiere productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Evita, Parade and Bounce.

Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman has created shows including The Producers and Young Frankenstein, and last collaborated with Prince on the Broadway revival of Show Boat.

Trevor Nunn directs Aspects of Love

Also in the new season Trevor Nunn follows his successful production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, which transferred to the West End and is now playing on Broadway starring Catherine Zeta Jones, by directing a new production of Aspects of Love.

The first major London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical since Nunn’s original production, the show is based on David Garnett’s novel and originally starred Michael Ball. It tells the story of passion, love and loss across three generations of a family and their companions set against the background of 1940’s France and Italy.

The show will preview from 3 July.

Willy Russell double-bill

Also showcasing at the Menier Chocolate Factory will be a double-bill of Willy Russell plays Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita.

Both award-winning movies, the plays will provide a long overdue London tribute to Willy Russell’s work.  Willy Russell’s most famous stage work is Blood Brothers, which has played in the West End since 1988 and currently stars Spice Girl Melanie C.

Shirley Valentine will star Meera Syal, acclaimed comedienne and actress whose credits include Bombay Dreams and Goodness Gracious Me. The play will be directed by Glen Walford.

Larry Lamb and Laura Dos Santos will star in Educating Rita, directed by Jeremy Sams. Larry Lamb has recently enjoyed two high-profile TV roles in Gavin & Stacey and EastEnders. Relative newcomer Dos Santos appeared in Look Back in Anger at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2008.

The productions run in rep from 26 March to 8 May.

West End Theatre Twitter Watch

Keep your theatrical tweetings up-to-date with our West End Theatre Twitter Watch, including London shows, stars and talent and selected West End venues.

Anything to add? Let us know what you’ve found by contacting us.

Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @westend_theatre


39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre: @love39steps

Avenue Q at the Wyndhams Theatre: @AvenueQ_London

Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre: @BillyElliotUK

Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre: @chicagolondon

Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre: @GreaseMusical

Hair at the Gieldgud Theatre: @hairmusicaluk

Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre: @HairsprayUK

Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre: @JerseyBoysUK

Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre: @LBtheMusical

Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre: @Les_Miserables

Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre: @LoveNeverDies

Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre: @MammaMiaMusical

Oliver at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane: @Oliver_Musical

Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: @TheOperaGhosts

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical at the Palace Theatre: @PriscillaBus

Sister Act at the London Palladium: @SisterActLondon

Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre: @ThrillerLive

War Horse at the New London Theatre: @warhorselondon

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria: @WickedLondon


Kim Cattrall in Private Lives: @kimcattrall

Gavin Creel in Hair: @Gavincreel

Sheridan Smith in Legally Blonde: @sheridansmith1

Ramin Karimloo in Love Never Dies: @raminkarimloo

Tamsin Greig in The Little Dog Laughed: @Tamsin_Greig

Sir Ian McKellen in Waiting for Godot: @THEREALSIRIAN

Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director at the Old Vic: @KevinSPacey

Duncan James in Legally Blonde: @Mrduncanjames

Matthew Macfadyen in Private Lives: @a7mm

Tamsin Outhwaite in Sweet Charity: @Mouthwaite

Jodie Prenger in Oliver!: @Musicalmissy

Oliver Thornton in Priscilla Queen of the Desert: @oliverrthornton

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Composer of Love Never Dies and The Phantom of the Opera: @ALloydWebber


Almeida: @almeidaTheatre

Barbican Centre: @Barbicancentre

Donmar Warehouse: @DonmarWarehouse

English National Opera: @E_N_O

National Theatre: @NationalTheatre

Old Vic: @OldVicTheatre

Open Air Theatre: @OpenAirTheatre

Royal Court: @RoyalCourt

Royal Opera House: @RoyalOperaHouse

Sadler’s Wells: @Sadlers_Wells

Shakespeare’s Globe: @The_Globe

Southbank Centre: @SouthbankCentre

Young Vic: @YoungVicTheatre

WEST END THEATRE @westend_theatre

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Save £15

SPECIAL OFFER: Save £15 on tickets to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre in London

Offer valid Monday-Thursday Evenings and Thursday Matinees from 22nd February – 10th March

This week Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical won Best New Musical at the 2010 Theatregoers’ Choice Awards and to celebrate we are offering a fabulous £15 off tickets to see the show at the Palace Theatre in London.

Rumoured to be heading to Broadway soon, catch this eye-popping spectacle starring Jason Donovan and based on the hit Oscar-winning film.In the show follow three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship but end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, this new musical follows a journey to the middle of the Australian outback and to the heart of fabulous.

The production of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical at the Palace Theatre features nearly 500 costumes, and boasts over 100 wigs, 160 masks, more than 150 pairs of shoes and almost 200 hats and headdresses per performance.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save £15 on tickets to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre in London

Offer valid Monday-Thursday Evenings and Thursday Matinees from 22nd February – 10th March

Theatre Awards round-up

It’s Awards Season so here’s our ongoing round-up of what’s winning. So far this year PLAYS have dominated the discussion and the gongs have gone to some high-profile celebrities, all adding some much needed sparkle to the West End’s award season. Afterall, why should Hollywood have all the fun? Here’s the latest on the What’s On Stage, South Bank Show and Critics’ Circle Awards. Up next are the Larrys (aka The Olivier Awards from the Society of London Theatre) on 28 March 2010.

Best Actress in a Play
Rachel Weisz
A Streetcar Named Desire

The CAPITAL BREAKS Best Actor in a Play
Jude Law

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Miriam Margolyes

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Patrick Stewart

The BABY GRAND Best Actress in a Musical
Patina Miller
Sister Act

The SEE TICKETS Best Actor in a Musical
Rowan Atkinson

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Jodie Prenger

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Oliver Thornton
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The MOBIUS INDUSTRIES Best Solo Performance
Derren Brown
Derren Brown: Enigma

The LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary Award for Best Ensemble Performance
On the Waterfront

The MILK TWO SUGARS Best Takeover in a RoleJohn Barrowman
La Cage aux Folles

The NICK HERN BOOKS Best New PlayJerusalem
by Jez Butterworth

The WALDORF HILTON Best New ComedyCalendar Girls
by Tim Firth

The SUPERBREAK Best New Musical
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The EMG Best Play Revival
A Streetcar Named Desire

The AMBASSADOR TICKETS Best Musical Revival

The SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDZ Best Shakespearean Production

Best Director
Trevor Nunn
Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic & A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Garrick

Best Set Designer
Brian Thomson
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The WHITE LIGHT Best Lighting DesignerNatasha Katz
Sister Act

Best Choreographer
Ross Coleman
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The DEWYNTERS London Newcomer of the YearDiana Vickers
The Rise & Fall of Little Voic

Best Off-West End Production
The Pirates of Penzance
at the Union Theatre

The BOOKING OFFICE Best Regional ProductionAdolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

The GROUPLINE Best West End Show

The AKA Theatre Event of the Year
The pairing of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot
Presented by Billy Connolly

Winner: The Thick Of It – BBC2  – Armando Iannucci’s dark political comedy set in the corridors of the British government.

Home Time – BBC2
The Inbetweeners – E4
Presented by Royal Ballet principle Tamara Rojo

Winner: E=mc² – David Bintley – Birmingham Royal Ballet – David Bintley’s new ballet for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, named after Einstein’s theory of relativity, with force fields of dancers.

Diversity – Dance Troupe
Limen – Wayne McGregor – Royal Opera House
TV Drama
Presented by Rob Brydon

Winner: Red Riding – C4 – Adapted from David Peace’s cult noir novels, an ambitious, dark and thrilling trilogy of interlinking films set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s.

Being Human – BBC3
Collision – ITV1
Presented by Jarvis Cocker

Winner: Florence + the Machine – Lungs (not in attendance – acceptance speech through VT) – Her soaring, epic vocals, quirky melodies and self-contained musical world, found in her debut and platinum selling album Lungs.

Frankmusik – Complete Me
The xx – xx
Visual Arts
Presented by Grayson Perry

Winner: Anish Kapoor – RA – Anish Kapoor‘s joyful mid career retrospective exhibition, including his shooting cannon, which by the end of the exhibition had fired over 20 tons of molten wax.

Richard Long – Tate Britain
Roger Hiorns – Seizure
Presented by Rachel Weisz

Winner: Fish Tank – Academy-award winning writer/director Andrea Arnold’s second film, Fish Tank – set in Essex, is the story of Mia, a volatile 15 year old.

An Education
The Damned United
Presented by PD James

Winner: The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds – A sympathetic and poetic exploration of John Clare’s madness.

Forest Gate – Peter Akinti
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
Presented by Rolando Villazon

Winner: Peter Grimes – ENO – David Alden’s coruscating production of Peter Grimes.

Into the Little Hill / Down by the Greenwood Side – Linbury Studio – ROH2 / The Opera Group / London Sinfonietta
The Fairy Queen – Glyndebourne
Presented by Dominic West

Winner: A Streetcar Named Desire – Donmar Warehouse – The Donmar’s revival starring Rachel Weisz.

Jerusalem – Jez Butterworth – Royal Court Theatre
The Habit of Art – Alan Bennett – National Theatre
Arts Council England’s Diversity Award
Presented by Jo Whiley

Winner: Julie McNamara – Playwright and performing artist.

Jenny Sealey – Graeae Theatre Company
Clean Break – Theatre, Education, new Writing
Classical Music
Presented by trumpeter Alison Balsom

Winner: Nielsen; Inextinguishable – A cycle of concerts performed by The Hallé Orchestra and The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Two leading British orchestras, The Hallé Orchestra and The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, join forces for a cycle of symphonies by arguably Denmark’s greatest composer, Carl Nielsen.

City of Dreams: Vienna 1900-1935 –  Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Easter Reflections – The Sixteen
The Times Breakthrough Award
Presented by Sir Ian McKellen

Winner: David Blandy – for Visual Art

Alina Ibragimova – for Classical Music
Emma Fryer – for Comedy
Melissa Hamilton – for Dance
Carey Mulligan – for Film
Peter Akinti – for Literature
Daniel Kramer – for Opera
The xx – for Pop
Lucy Prebble – for Theatre
Suranne Jones – for TV Drama
Outstanding Achievement Award in association with The Dorchester
Presented by Sir David Attenborough

Winner: Melvyn Bragg
Best New Play
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth (Royal Court)

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival)
Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello theatre)

Best Actor
Mark Rylance in Jerusalem (Royal Court)

Best Actress
Rachel Weisz in A Streetcar Named Desire (Donmar Warehouse)

The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance
Jude Law in Hamlet (Donmar at Wyndham’s theatre)

Best Director
Rupert Goold for Enron (Headlong at Minerva theatre Chichester and Royal Court)

Best Designer
Christopher Oram for Red (Donmar Warehouse)

Most Promising Playwright
Alia Bano for Shades (Royal Court)

The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright)
Tom Sturridge in Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith)