The winners of The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2015 were announced today in a ceremony hosted by Mark Shenton at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

The Royal Court Theatre won three awards, including Best New Play, Most Promising Newcomer and Best Designer. Dame Judi Dench won the award for Best Shakespeare Performance 18 years after winning the award for Best Actress and soon to close Bend It Like Beckham won Best New Musical.

The Critics’ Circle Awards began in 1989 and sees each member of the Drama Section independently cast their votes without discussion or influence, and take in the best of London theatre throughout 2015, in both West End and subsidised venues across London.

The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2015

Peter Hepple Award For Best Musical [new or revival]
Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre
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Best New Play
Hangmen by Martin McDonagh, Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.
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Best Director
Robert Icke for Oresteia, Almeida and Trafalgar Studios 1

Best Actress
Denise Gough for People, Places and Things, National Theatre
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Best Actor
Kenneth Cranham for The Father, Tricycle Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.
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Best Shakespearean Performance
Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale, Garrick Theatre

Most Promising Playwright
James Fritz for Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Jack Tinker Award For Most Promising Newcomer  [other than a playwright]
David Moorst in Violence and Son, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs

BEST DESIGNER
Anna Fleischle for Hangmen, Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre
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