A play by Sir Tom Stoppard, set in Prague between the years 1968 and 1990, has won this year’s prestigious Best Play prize at the Evening Standard’s Theatre Awards. Rock’n'Roll also saw actor Rufus Sewell pick up the award for Best Actor.
Sir Tom, who is currently in New York for the opening of his play The Coast of Utopia, was unable to attend the ceremony, but spoke on film, saying, “This is not a good time for me to be 3000 miles away. I thank the Evening Standard and am honoured.
Rock ‘n’ Roll focuses on a Czech dissident through the years of Communist rule, and mixes pop culture with politics. Sir Tom, who was born Tomas Straussler in the Czech Republic, and who left when he was a toddler, has always kept a close connection to his native country.
Other winners included Caroline, Or Change, which won Best Musical. The show – which is about racial prejudice in 1960s America – features lyrics written by Tony Kushner and music by Janine Tesori.
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