Billie Piper, Glenda Jackson and Stephen Dillane win top prizes at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

Critics’ Circle Drama Section Chairman Mark Shenton hosted the annual awards celebrating the critics’ personal choice of the best theatre from throughout the UK during the last calendar year at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

Billie Piper won Best Actress for her head turning role in Yerma about a young woman coming to terms with infertility, Stephen Dillane Best Actor for his performance in the Donmar production of Faith Healer and Glenda Jackson won Best Shakespearean Performance for her King Lear at the Old Vic.

Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings and the exclusive invited audience also enjoyed a sneak-peek performance of new Gary Barlow and Tim Firth musical The Girls, which is currently in previews at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre.

See below for the full list of winners:

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

Best Musical [new or revival]:

Groundhog Day, Old Vic Theatre

Best Actor:

Stephen Dillane in Faith Healer, Donmar Warehouse

Best Actress:

Billie Piper in Yerma, Young Vic

Best Shakespearean Performance:

Glenda Jackson in King Lear, Old Vic Theatre

Best Director:

John Tiffany for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Best Designer:

Christine Jones for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Most Promising Playwright:

Charlene James for Cuttin’ It, Young Vic, Royal Court & The Yard Theatres

Most Promising Newcomer [other than a playwright]:

Anthony Boyle in Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Palace Theatre