In a ceremony earlier this week at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, The Critics Circle drama awards celebrated winners including Matthew Lopez’s epic play The Inheritance which won Best Play as well as Kyle Soller for Best Actor and Stephen Daldry for Best Director. Company was Best Musical, Best Actress was Patsy Ferran in Summer and Smoke and Sophie Okonedo won the Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for Antony and Cleopatra. Best Newcomer was Chris Walley for The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Best Lighting was won by multi-nominated Bunny Christie. Most Promising Playwright was Natasha Gordon for her play Nine Night which is just completing a West End run after transferring from the National.
The Special Award for Services to the Theatre was awarded to Neil McPherson for his magnificent 20-year tenure as Artistic Director at the much-loved, oft-threatened but proudly “still here” Finborough Theatre in Fulham. To my mind, no other “room above a pub” can have produced as many memorable shows to such a consistently high standard as this venue (and AD ) has presented. It was great to see yet more recognition of Neil’s work which has made this intimate venue a jewel in the crown of its locality. If you haven’t been there yet, please go!