Some of the actors you've recently seen on our stages have received multiple award nominations.

The Ian Charleson Awards were created in 1991, in memory of the much-loved actor, who died in 1990 at the age of 40; they reward actors under age 30 in a classical role.

The shortlist for this year's awards has now been announced. The RSC nominees are: 

  • James Corrigan for Palamon in The Two Noble Kinsmen
  • Paapa Essiedu for Hamlet in Hamlet and Edmund in King Lear
  • Marcus Griffiths as Laertes in Hamlet
  • Natalie Simpson as Cordelia in King Lear; Ophelia in Hamlet and Guideria in Cymbeline
Ophelia sits on the floor, looking anguished, wearing white jeans
Natalie Simpson as Ophelia in 2016.
Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC Browse and license our images

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre, London on 5 June.

James Corrigan is also currently playing Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Agrippa in Antony & Cleopatra.

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