Subsidised theatres The Young Vic and the Tricycle were amongst the winners of the annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

Chairman Mark Shenton and award winner Simon Russell Beale at the 2012 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Photo: http://www.criticscircle.org.uk

Chairman Mark Shenton and award winner Simon Russell Beale at the 2012 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Photo: http://www.criticscircle.org.uk

The annual awards handed out by theatre critics, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, were announced on Tuesday (15 January 2013) at a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.

Hosted by the Circle’s chairman Mark Shenton, and introduced by comedian Arthur Smith, the awards included big wins for some of London’s key subsidised venues.

The Young Vic in Waterloo scooped three awards with Hattie Morahan winning Best Actress for A Doll’s House, Best Director going to Benedict Andrews for Three Sisters and Miriam Buether taking home Best Designer for Wild Swans.

Husband and wife Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti took Best Actor and Most Promising Playwright respectively for Red Velvet at the Tricyle Theatre, Lucy Prebble won Best New Play for her National Theatre commission The Effect and the Menier Chocolate Factory scooped Best Musical for Merrily We Roll Along.

Best Shakespearean Performance went to Simon Russell Beale for Timon of Athens at the National and the Special Award kept with the Bard theme by awarding Shakespeare’s Globe a prize for their Globe to Globe initiative.

The Most Promising Newcomer award was taken by Denise Gough for Desire Under the Elms at the Lyric Hammersmith.

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Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2012 – Winners

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