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Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Photo: Charlie Gray)

Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Photo: Charlie Gray)

Critics’ Circle Theatre Award 2016 winners announced

Published 31 January 2017

The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016 were hosted today, Tuesday 31st January 2017, by the Critics’ Circle Drama Section Chairman Mark Shenton, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

The ceremony was an informal gathering of award recipients, the 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.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was the big winner on the day, scoring a hat-trick of awards including Best Director (John Tiffany), Best Designer (Christine Jones) and Most Promising Newcomer (Anthony Boyle).

Best New Play went to the National Theatre’s The Flick, with Best Musical going to The Old Vic’s Groundhog Day, while there was also recognition awarded to Stephen Dillane (Best Actor in Faith Healer), Billie Piper (Best Actress in Yerma) and Glenda Jackson (Best Shakespearean Performance as the titular role in The Old Vic’s King Lear), amongst others.

The full list of winners:

Best New Play: The Flick by Annie Baker
The National Theatre, London

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical [new or revival]: Groundhog Day
The Old Vic, London

Best Actor: Stephen Dillane in Faith Healer
Donmar Warehouse, London

Best Actress: Billie Piper in Yerma
Young Vic, London

The Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance: Glenda Jackson in King Lear
The Old Vic, London

Best Director: John Tiffany for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, London

Best Designer: Christine Jones for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, London

Most Promising Playwright: Charlene James for Cuttin’ It
Young Vic, Royal Court & The Yard Theatres, London, Birmingham Rep & Sheffield Crucible

The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer [other than a playwright]: Anthony Boyle in Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, London

For a list of previous years’ winners, visit the awards’ website.


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