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Lenny Henry wins theatre gong

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Lenny Henry wins theatre gong

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Lenny Henry has won the 'Outstanding Newcomer' prize at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the age of 51.

The stand-up comedian won the gong for his performance in the title role of Shakespeare's Othello.

On arriving at the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House, Henry told Sky News that it was a "huge day" for him.

Other winners included Rachel Weisz, who picked up the 'Best Actress' award for her role in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

Rupert Goold won 'Best Director' for Enron, while Hello Dolly won the prize for best musical.

The 'Best Play' award went to comedy Jerusalem, with its star Mark Rylance also winning the 'Best Actor' accolade.

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