Billie Piper, better known to Doctor Who fans as Rose Tyler is among the Best Actress nominees in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards longlist.

The nomination comes for her highly praised titular role as ‘Yerma’ in the Young Vic’s 2016 production. Piper is joined in the category by Gemma Arterton, Nell Gwynn (Apollo), Noma Dumezwenti, Linda (Royal Court Jerwood Downstairs), Helen McCrory, The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre, Lyttelton), Janet McTeer, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar) and Sophie Melville, Iphigenia in Splott (Sherman Theatre/National Theatre, Temporary Theatre).

Yerma is also nominated for Best Revival while the play’s writer and director Simon Stone, is nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Best Director.

The play surrounds a young woman who is unable to bear children, and the disastrous consequences this has on her family and on her life. Yerma means “barren” in Spanish. The play was written and first performed in 1934. It was described as “a tragic poem” about a woman who is driven to commit a crime because of her obsession with bearing a child.

Piper’s performance was described by the Evening Standard as ‘devastatingly good’.

In 2013 Piper received an Olivier ward nomination for her role in Lucy Prebble’s in ‘The Effect’.

For a full list of nominations head to the WhatsOnStage website.

The shortlist will be revealed on Monday 24th October, with the winner’s announced at a ceremony at the Old Vic in London on 13th November.

 

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