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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARDS

THE HAPPY TIMES
By JOHN NATHAN
Published January 30 2009

  Kevin Spacey, who won Best Actor for Richard II

London's Donmar Warehouse was the big winner at the 2008 Critics' Circle Awards held in London while Tracy Letts's family epic August: Osage County also received a major award.

Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage and actors Derek Jacobi, Margaret Tyzack and Kenneth Branagh all received the nod for productions staged at the Donmar's traditional venue in Covent Garden and for its inaugural West End season at the Wyndham's Theatre.

Jacobi's Malvolio in the Donmar (Wyndham's) production of Twelfth Night shared the Best Shakespearean Performance award with David Tennant's tile role performance in the RSC's production of Hamlet.

Tyzack was named Best Actress for her performance in the Donmar Warehouse revival of The Chalk Garden. And it was for that production and Ivanov (Wyndham's) that Grandage was named Best Director.

Kenneth Branagh was named Best Actor for his title role performance in Ivanov, although neither Tennant nor Branagh were able to attend the ceremony which was held at the Prince of Wales Theatre and chaired by Critics' Circle Chairman Mark Shenton.

Meanwhile, Tracy Letts's family epic August: Osage County, which recently completed a run at the National Theatre, won Best New Play and the Peter Hepple Best Musical Award was scooped by the Menier Chocolate Factory production of La Cage aux Folles.

The list of winners is as follows:

Best New Play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts at the National Theatre

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival) La Cage aux Folles

Menier Chocolate Factory, London, followed by transfer to Playhouse Theatre, London

Best Actor Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's Theatre.

Best Actress Margaret Tyzack in The Chalk Garden Donmar Warehouse.

The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance Awarded jointly to: Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night

Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's Theatre and David Tennant in the RSC's Hamlet, Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

Best Director Michael Grandage for Ivanov (Wyndham's Theatre) and The Chalk Garden (Donmar Warehouse)

Best Designer Neil Murray for Brief Encounter, at the Cinema Haymarket.

Most Promising Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell for The Pride Royal Court, Upstairs.

The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright) Ella Smith in Fat Pig, at the Trafalgar Studios and Comedy Theatre.

 


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