Ian Charleson Awards

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The Ian Charleson Awards are theatrical awards that reward the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors under age 30. The awards are named in memory of the renowned British actor Ian Charleson, and are run by the Sunday Times newspaper and the National Theatre. The awards were established in 1990 after Charleson's death, and have been awarded annually since then. Sunday Times theatre critic John Peter initiated the creation of the awards, particularly in memory of Charleson's extraordinary Hamlet, which he had performed shortly before his death.[1][2][3] Recipients receive a cash prize, as do runners-up and third-place winners.

The awards' current definition of a classical play is one written before 1918. The awards for the previous year's performances are presented the following year. The 2015 awards were presented on 24 June 2016, and the winner was James McArdle.[4][5]

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The Sunday Times chief drama critic John Peter saw and reviewed Ian Charleson's extraordinary Hamlet at the National Theatre in late 1989.[6] Unbeknownst to the audience, Charleson performed it during the last weeks of his life while he was seriously ill with AIDS, and died in January 1990 at the age of 40 eight weeks after his final performance. In November 1990, in memory of Charleson's fine performance, Peter established the annual Ian Charleson Award, to recognize and reward the best classical stage performance by an actor under age 30.[7] The awards are jointly sponsored by The Sunday Times and the National Theatre, where they are held.

Upon founding the awards, Peter noted:

Classical work is the solid bedrock of all acting. It is classical acting, with its twin demands of psychological perception and formal excellence, which truly tests and proves the actor's ability and stamina, both physical and mental.[7]

The first annual Ian Charleson Award was presented in January 1991.[8] The awards defined a classic play as one written prior to 1900;[7] this cut-off was eventually extended to 1918. The awards are presented at a friendly, low-key private luncheon at one of the restaurants at the National Theatre. There is no filming and no outside press, and there are no acceptance speeches; the awards are attended however by Britain's theatre royalty, who take great interest in preserving the foundations of their profession.

Recipients receive a cash prize, as do runners-up and third-place winners. All shortlist nominees who are not cash-prize recipients receive a "commendation". Winners and commendees receive a plaque signed by the judges (who usually number four).

The awards for the previous year's performances are presented the following year, generally in the spring. The prize money is as follows: 1st prize £5,000; 2nd prize £1,500, £2,000, or £2,500; and 3rd prize £500.

For a list of first-prize winners, see List of Ian Charleson Award winners.

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ Peter, John. "John Peter announces the fourth Sunday Times–Royal National Theatre Ian Charleson Awards for young actors". Sunday Times. 30 January 1994. (Online reprint: [1]).
  3. ^ a b c Harlow, John. "Winning in a double act". Sunday Times. 26 April 1998. (Online reprint: [2]).
  4. ^ a b Hawkins, Helen. "Next steppe to greatness". Sunday Times. 3 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b Snow, Georgia. "James McArdle wins 2015 Ian Charleson award". The Stage. 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ Peter, John. "A Hamlet who would be king at Elsinore". Sunday Times. 12 November 1989.
  7. ^ a b c Peter, John. "A prize fit for princes". Sunday Times. 11 November 1990.
  8. ^ a b "Timely tributes for a new generation of actors". Sunday Times. 13 January 1991.
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  13. ^ Fowler, Rebecca. "Triumphant first acts". Sunday Times. 13 March 1994.
  14. ^ Fowler, Rebecca. "Ribands in the cap of youth". Sunday Times. 12 March 1995.
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  24. ^ Nicol, Patricia. "Do put your daughter on the stage". Sunday Times. 4 April 2004.
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