Bally won first prize at the awards, which recognise the best classical performances in Britain by young actors.

Romeo and Juliet actor Bally Gill was today (13 May) awarded the 2018 Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Erica Whyman's production.

The awards were created in memory of the late Ian Charleson, who played the title role in the National Theatre's 1989 production of Hamlet. They recognise the work of actors under 30 in a classical role, with winners announced annually.

Bally was nominated alongside two other RSC performers: Daniel Burke, who played Diomed in Gregory Doran's Troilus and Cressida, and Luke Newberry, who played Malcolm in Polly Findlay's Macbeth. Luke took third prize at the Awards, with second prize going to Hannah Morrish for her role as Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre. Hannah was part of our Rome season in 2017.

A man in distress knelt over a woman .
Bally as Romeo.
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Previous RSC winners include Paapa Essiedu for his work in Hamlet and King Lear in 2016, David Oyelowo for Henry VI in 2000, and Lucy Whybrow for her performance as Eleanora in 1995's Easter.