Actress Laura Linney, left, accepts the “Will Award” at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 10th annual gala in Washington on Sunday. (Kevin Allen)

Those drummers dancing their way down F Street this weekend? Not just your run-of-the-mill street performers. They were the official pied pipers of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 10th annual gala.

On Sunday night, the company awarded stage and screen actress Laura Linney the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, known as the “Will Award.” Linney, who stars in the Netflix drama “Ozark,” recently wrapped a stint on the Great White Way, starring in the Broadway revival of “The Little Foxes.”

Nearly 600 boldfacers in black tie began the night with a champagne reception, followed by the award ceremony and performances at Sidney Harman Hall. Then Batala Washington, an all-female Afro-Brazilian band, led guests in their finery to dinner and dancing at the National Building Museum a few blocks away.


Laura Linney and Tyler Bowman at the National Building Museum. (Photo by Margot Schulman)

Andrea Mitchell poses for a photo at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s gala Sunday. (Daniel Swartz)

Christine Sherrill performs “I Hate Men” from “Kiss Me Kate” at the gala Sunday. (Kevin Allen)

Batalá Washington leading guests from Sidney Harman Hall to the National Building Museum. (Photo by Margot Schulman)

Harman Center for the Arts Gala Guests at the National Building Museum. (Photo by Margot Schulman)