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Billie Piper, John Tiffany and Glenda Jackson win at Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2017

Billie Piper, who won best actress for her performance in Yerma
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Billie Piper, John Tiffany and Glenda Jackson are among the winners of this year’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, at which London’s Old Vic and the Young Vic each picked up two prizes.

The awards celebrate theatre created in 2016.

Piper won best actress for her performance in Yerma at the Young Vic. Simon Stone’s adaptation of the Federico Garcia Lorca play returns to the venue later this year.

Ahead of collecting her award, Piper said: “”I feel totally chuffed, because I really really enjoyed it, above all else. Being rewarded for something you absolutely love, how rare is that in life?”

Best actor was awarded to Stephen Dillane for Faith Healer at London’s Donmar Warehouse, with Jackson picking up the award for best Shakespearean performance for her role as King Lear.

For Jackson’s return to theatre after a hiatus of more than 20 years, she took to the stage at the Old Vic as the title character in King Lear.

Jackson said: “I’ve been very rude to the critics in the past and the critics have been very rude to me in the past so we can treat this as kiss and make up.”

The awards, now in their 28th year, are judged by theatre critics, and were presented at a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. They were hosted by The Stage’s associate editor and Critics’ Circle drama section chairman Mark Shenton.

Tiffany’s win in the best director category – for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – comes 10 years after he won for Black Watch in 2006. The accolade was one of three taken home by Harry Potter, and also included wins for designer Christine Jones and actor Anthony Boyle – who triumphed in the most promising newcomer category.

Annie Baker’s The Flick – which ran at the National Theatre – won best new play, with Groundhog Day by Tim Minchin being named best musical.

In addition, Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It – produced by the Young Vic, the Royal Court, the Yard, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Sheffield Theatres – earned her the most promising playwright title.

Critics’ Circle Awards 2017: the winners in full

Best new play:
The Flick by Annie Baker
National Theatre, London

Best musical [new or revival]:
Groundhog Day
Old Vic, London

Best actor:
Stephen Dillane in Faith Healer
Donmar Warehouse, London

Best actress:
Billie Piper in Yerma
Young Vic, London

Best Shakespearean performance:
Glenda Jackson in King Lear
Old Vic, London

Best director:
John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, London

Best designer:
Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, London

Most promising playwright:
Charlene James for Cuttin’ It
Young Vic, Royal Court and the Yard Theatres, London, Birmingham Rep and Sheffield Crucible

Most promising newcomer:
Anthony Boyle in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, London

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