Nicole Kidman won the best actress award for her performance as a DNA researcher in the play “Photograph 51”, at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday.

James McAvoy won best actor for a revival of “The Ruling Class”.

Imelda Staunton took the award for best performance in a musical for her portrayal of Momma Rose in a revival of the 1959 Broadway musical “Gypsy”.

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The Oscar-winning Kidman, performing on the London stage for the first time since 1998, has won rave reviews for her portrayal of Rosalind Franklin.

Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images helped lead to the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure.

In other categories, the award for best play went to “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” by Stephen Adly Guirgis and the best director award went to Robert Icke for his revival of Aeschylus’s “Oresteia”.

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The award for the best design went to Anna Fleischle for “Hangmen” while Molly Davies received the award for most promising playwright for “God Bless the Child”.

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The emerging talent award was won by David Moorst, for his role in “Violence and Son” and the newcomer in a musical award went to Gemma Arterton, for her musical theatre debut in “Made in Dagenham”.

Actors Judi Dench and Ian McKellen served as co-hosts of the event, along with the Evening Standard’s Publisher, Evgeny Lebedev.