At a ceremony yesterday (11 February) in London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, the Critics’ Circle award winners were announced.
The Best Actor Award was won by Andrew Scott, for his performance in Noël Coward’s play PRESENT LAUGHTER. The Best Actress Award this year has two winners – Juliet Stevenson for her performance in THE DOCTOR (soon to arrive in the West End), and Sharon D Clarke for her role as Linda, long-suffering wife of Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN.
The Jack Tinker Best Newcomer Award was won by Sam Tutty for his title role in DEAR EVAN HANSEN , and the Best Director Award was won by Jamie Lloyd for three shows- Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL, EVITA and CYRANO DE BERGERAC.
The aptly renamed Michael Billington Award for Best New Play went to Lucy Prebble’s A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON, with the show’s design by Tom Scutt receiving an award too. The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical was awarded to COME FROM AWAY.
The Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance was won by Hammed Animashaun for his version of Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
Jasmine Lee-Jones won the Most Promising Playwright award, and the Special Award for Services to Theatre Award was given to celebrated lighting designer Paule Constable.