Beth Hinton-Lever and Emily Aboud announced as Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund winners

Congratulations to Mountview graduates Beth Hinton-Lever and Emily Aboud, who have been announced as winners of the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund in association with TikTok and in partnership with the National Youth Theatre! Following the announcement in a ceremony held on TikTok, they will each receive a grant of £10,000.

Beth Hinton-Lever, who studied MA Musical Theatre at Mountview, was told that she had won the musical theatre award in a Zoom call with Andrew Lloyd Webber. She was nominated for the award by Graeae Theatre Company and said in an Evening Standard article that she wanted to use the money to create an “access aunt” to make performances as accessible as possible.

Emily Aboud, a Mountview MA Theatre Direction graduate, also secured the musical theatre award following a nomination from HighTide Theatre. Her award-winning theatre company Lagahoo Productions focusses on non-traditional and rule-breaking theatre, with an emphasis on telling feminist, queer and Caribbean stories.

The online ceremony ended with a performance featuring Mountview graduate Noah Thomas, who performed in a duet of Out of the Darkness (A Place Where We Belong) from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Noah performs the lead role of Jamie in the London production, which will return to the Apollo Theatre later in the year.

The Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund was set following the cancellation of the newspaper’s annual Theatre Awards. In total it distributed 12 grants of £10,000, which are intended to support the next generation of theatre stars struggling under the impact of Covid-19.