A “clutch” of awards: 2 – The Black British Theatre Awards 2019 honours Clarke twice.

The inaugural Black British Theatre Awards, established to spotlight black performers and creative talent in British Theatre, took place at Old Finsbury Town Hall in London on October 27.

Voted Best male actor in a play was Arinzé Kene for his performance in his self-penned play Misty at Bush Theatre.

Best female actor in a play was awarded to Gloria Williams for Bullet Hole at Park Theatre.

Best male actor in a musical was Layton Williams for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.

Best female actor in a musical was the phenomenal Sharon D. Clarke for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at the Playhouse Theatre. Clarke, who is currently starring in DEATH OF A SALESMAN in the West End after a non-stop run of show which has included BLUES IN THE NIGHT at the Kiln, the first run of DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Young Vic, and immediately prior to that a West End run of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, previously at Hampstead and originally at Chichester – for which she won an Olivier Award.

To add to her award for Best Female Actor in a Musical, Clarke also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Clarke next prepares to reprise her superb performance in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE in New York next year.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

You can see the full shortlists here

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