The Critics’ Circle organisation in the UK has announced its 2022 Theatre Awards at a ceremony at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.
The Best Musical Award went to Rupert Goold’s Almeida Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, which ran from 7 December 2021 to 29 January 2022 at the Almeida to much critical and audience acclaim. One of the stars of the show, Amara Okereke, is starring in the forthcoming production of My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum.
Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, which is currently playing at the Playhouse Theatre / Kit Kat Club, won three awards – the most of the night, with Jessie Buckley picking up a Best Actress gong, Rebecca Frecknall for Best Director and Tom Scutt for Best Design.
The Best New Play award was given to the Young Vic production of Best of Enemies by James Graham. Also Cush Jumbo picked up Best Shakespeare performance, for her performance as Hamlet at the Young Vic.
In the Best Actor category, Ben Daniels won for starring in the revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart at the National Theatre.
In the Most Promising Newcomer category, Stuart Thompson was recognised for Spring Awakening at the Almeida, and Samuel Creasey for The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage at the Bridge Theatre; and Most Promising Playwright was awarded to novelist Zadie Smith for her play The Wife of Willesden at the Kiln Theatre, and Igor Memic for Old Bridge at the Bush Theatre.
Five special awards were handed out for exceptional theatre-making during the Covid lockdowns, going to Jermyn Street Theatre, Nica Burns, the National Theatre, the Old Vic and the Original Theatre Company.
The Critics’ Circle revealed last month that their Theatre Awards would be back for 2022. The Critics’ Circle is the organisation for UK arts critics, with the Theatre section chaired by Kate Maltby. President is Suzi Feay.
Main photo: Spring Awakening at the Almeida Theatre