Winners Announced For the 2019 Critics Circle Theatre Awards
Andrew Scott, Sharon D. Clarke, Juliet Stevenson, Sam Tutty and Hammed Animashaun have won top acting honours at the 2019 Critics Circle Theatre Awards, held today (11 February 2020) at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End, hosted by Critics' Circle Drama Section Chairman Henry Hitchings.
'A Very Expensive Poison' at the Old Vic was named Best New Play and 'Come From Away' Best Musical. Jamie Lloyd was Best Director for three productions in the past year - 'Betrayal' at the Harold Pinter Theatre, 'Evita' at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and 'Cyrano
de Bergerac' at the Playhouse Theatre. Andrew Scott was named Best Actor for 'Present Laughter' at the Old Vic. It was his second win at the Critics' Circle Awards; he previously won Best Shakespearean Performance for 'Hamlet', which ran at the Almeida and in the West End in 2017.
It was Juliet Stevenson's second win at the Critics' Circle Awards - she was Best Actress in 1983 for her Isabella in the RSC's 'Measure for Measure'.
Best Shakespearean Performance of the Year was Hammed Animashaun for his Bottom in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Bridge Theatre.
The ceremony is one of the best loved in the theatre awards calendar with its informal gathering of award recipients, drama critics, theatre
practitioners and the media, convivially coming together to celebrate the critics' personal choice of the best theatre, from throughout the UK, during the last calendar year.
Since the Awards' inception in 1989, the theatre critics, consisting entirely of respected and influential working journalists, have prided
themselves on offering something unique on the packed theatre awards circuit: each member of the Drama Section independently casts their vote based on personal choice, free of any discussion or industry influence, ensuring a highly democratic voting process.
Honouring his record-breaking almost 50-year career as the Guardian's chief theatre critic, The Critics' Circle Best Play Award now bears Michael Billington's name for the first time.
Full list of winners
The Michael Billington Award for Best New Play - 'A Very Expensive Poison', Old Vic
The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical - 'Come From Away', Phoenix
The Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance - Hammed Animashaun for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Bridge Theatre
Most Promising Playwright - Jasmine Lee-Jones for 'Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner', Royal Court
The Special Award for Services to Theatre was awarded to Paule Constable, theatre's leading lighting designer
The Awards were once again presented in association with long-time headline sponsor Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists. They are also generously supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres (now involved for a 16th year).
The Awards are produced by leading industry figure Terri Paddock.
For more information, visit www.criticscircletheatreawards.com.