Fergus Morgan wins The Stage Critic Search 2016

The Stage Critic Search 2016 winner Fergus Morgan The Stage Critic Search 2016 winner Fergus Morgan
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Fergus Morgan has been named the winner of The Stage Critic Search 2016.

Morgan, who represented the East of England in the competition, beat Will Thomas, from the West Midlands, and Kate Wyver, from the South West, to win the prize.

The critic’s review of The Plough and the Stars at the National Theatre was described as “elegant” by The Stage reviews editor, Natasha Tripney.

“The standard of our three finalists’ entries this year was particularly strong. They each have a distinctive critical voice and Fergus wrote an elegant, considered winning review. I look forward to working with him and with runners-up Kate Wyver and Will Thomas in future,” she said.

Morgan, who is 23, wins £1,000 and the opportunity to review regularly for The Stage.

He said he was “absolutely thrilled” to have won.

“There are an awful lot of young, talented writers out there and it can often feel like a struggle just to get your voice heard, so opportunities like this are incredibly important. It would be great to see more publications championing criticism and supporting young critics like The Stage does,” he added.

Morgan was mentored by Henry Hitchings, who he thanked for his “invaluable” advice.

In total, 280 entries were submitted to the competition. Last year, the prize was won by Dave Fargnoli.