Three RSC actors have been
nominated for this year's Sunday Times/Royal National Theatre lan Charleson Award for
young actors in classical theatre. Stephen Mangan, Matthew MacFadyen and Joe McInnes have
been nominated for their work with the company in RSC productions of "The School for
Scandal" (RST and Barbican 1998) and "Uncle Vanya" (Young Vic 1998).
Stephen Mangan and Matthew McFadyen were nominated for their performances as Sir Benjamin
Backbite and Charles Surface in "The School for Scandal" and also as Don Pedro
and Benedick in Cheek by Jowl's "Much Ado About Nothing". Joe McInnes was
nominated for her performance as Sonya in Katie Mitchell's production of "Uncle
David Oyelowo and Hermione Gulliford, currently appearing with the
RSC in "Volpone" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as part of the
Stratford Summer Festival Season, have also been nominated for their work at the Gate
Theatre and The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. David received his nomination for his
performance of The King in "The Suppliants" and Hermione for Olivia in
"Twelfth Night". David also appears in "Oroonoko", directed by Gregory
Doran at The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, opening on 28 April 1999.
Established in 1990 in memory of actor lan Charleson, the Award is for actors under 30
appearing in plays written up to 1904, the year of the death of Chekhov. Previous winners
have included Alexandra Gilbreath, currently playing Hermione in the RSC's highly
acclaimed production of "The Winter's Tale" at the Barbican Theatre; lan Hughes,
also appearing in "The Winter's Tale"; Toby Stephens, Lucy Whybrow, and Emma
RSC Head of Casting Maggie Lunn praised the award for its recognition of young actors.
"It is always wonderful to have a wealth of young talent working at the RSC".
The winner will receive £5,000, the second prize is £2,000 and the third prize £500.
This year's judges are actress Penelope Wilton, director and playwright Peter Gill, deputy
casting RNT director Wendy Spon and critic John Peter.
The Award Winner will be announced in The Sunday Times on 25 April 1999.
For further information please contact:
Kate Hunter, RSC Senior Press and Public Relations Officer 01789 412622