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Tuesday 15 January was the date of the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. These awards are voted for by a panel of professional theatre critics, who decide the winners based on their personal preferences.
Cut and pasted from the Telegraph:
Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti (husband and wife) both won awards for the play Red Velvet at this year's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.
Adrian Lester won the Best Actor award for his performance in the new play Red Velvet, which was performed at the Tricycle last year. The play, which charts the story of Ira Aldridge – Britain's first black actor of note, who worked in the 19th century – was written by Lester's wife Lolita Chakrabarti, who has also been awarded Most Promising Playwright.
Although Russell Beale did not win Best Actor, he was given the award for Best Shakespearean Performance in Timon of Athens, which played at the National Theatre.
Hattie Morahan was awarded Best Actress in A Doll's House at the Young Vic.
The Young Vic Theatre had a hand in several of the awards given today, including Best Director – Benedict Andrews for Three Sisters at the theatre – and Best Designer – Miriam Buether for Wild Swans, also at the Young Vic.
Lucy Prebble's new play The Effect, which is currently playing at the National Theatre and starring Billie Piper, was given the award for Best New Play.
The full list of winners:
Best New Play: The Effect by Lucy Prebble, Cottesloe Theatre at the National, London
The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival): Merrily We Roll Along, Menier Chocolate Factory, London
Best Actor: Adrian Lester in Red Velvet, Tricycle Theatre, London
Best Actress: Hattie Morahan in A Doll’s House, Young Vic Theatre, London
The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance: Simon Russell Beale in Timon of Athens, Olivier Theatre at the National, London
Best Director: Benedict Andrews for Three Sisters, Young Vic Theatre, London
Best Designer:, Miriam Buether for Wild Swans, Young Vic Theatre, London
Most Promising Playwright: Lolita Chakrabarti for Red Velvet, Tricycle Theatre, London
The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright): Denise Gough for Desire Under the Elms, Lyric Hammersmith, London
Special Award: Shakespeare’s Globe for Globe to Globe
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SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to the following - I saw these productions/performances and LOVED them!
Adrian Lester in Red Velvet, Tricycle Theatre, London
Hattie Morahan in A Doll’s House, Young Vic Theatre, London
Simon Russell Beale in Timon of Athens, Olivier Theatre at the National, London
Lolita Chakrabarti for Red Velvet, Tricycle Theatre, London
Shakespeare’s Globe for Globe to Globe (I thought Globe to Globe this was ground-breaking and innovative).