Mike Leigh picked up Best Director for Grief, which premiered in the NT Cottesloe in September, while Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Actor for Danny Boyle’s epic staging of Frankenstein in the Olivier.
The lunchtime ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre was, as ever, an informal gathering of award recipients, drama critics, theatre practitioners and media. Comedian Arthur Smith was again on hand to introduce proceedings.
Several of today’s winners, including Smith and Cumberbatch, could add to their haul at the public-voted Whatsonstage.com Awards, the winners of which are announced at the Prince of Wales (in the main theatre) on 19 February. CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!
Check back for further coverage of today’s ceremony including photos and interviews with the winners
The full list of winners for the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2011 is as follows:
Best New Play: One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean at the NT Lyttelton
The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival) : London Road at the NT Cottesloe
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein at the NT Olivier
Best Actress: Sheridan Smith in Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance: Eddie Redmayne in Richard II at the Donmar
Best Director: Mike Leigh for Grief at the NT Cottesloe
Best Designer: Mark Tildesley for Frankenstein at the NT Olivier
Most Promising Playwright: Tom Wells for The Kitchen Sink at the Bush
The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright): Blanche McIntyre for Accolade and Foxfinder at the Finborough
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