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Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2018: winners in full

Sheila Atim with John McCrea, winners of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Photo: Peter Jones Sheila Atim with John McCrea, winners of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Photo: Peter Jones
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Follies scooped two prizes at this year’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, with nods also going to Hamilton, The Ferryman, Andrew Scott, Victoria Hamilton and Bryan Cranston. Former Young Vic artistic director David Lan wins special award for services to theatre.


Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards winners

Most promising newcomer

Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country
Old Vic and Noel Coward Theatre, London
“I’m grateful to be recognised for some of the work that I’m doing, particularly when it’s part of a production that I a really proud of and happy to be a part of.”

John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Sheffield Crucible and Apollo Theatre, London
“It’s quite overwhelming. I’ve never been to the ceremony before so it’s all relatively new to me. Reviews can be such a wonderful tool in getting people in to see our show, and critics are as passionate about theatre as we actors are so it’s great to join together to celebrate what it means to be completely driven by British theatre.”

Best Shakespearean performance

Andrew Scott for Hamlet 
Almeida and Harold Pinter Theatre, London
“These guys know what they’re talking about so it’s an honour to get this award, it feels terrific. It’s my first big Shakespearean character so it feels even more amazing.”

Most promising playwright

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon at Orange Tree Theatre 
and Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, London

Best musical

Hamilton
Victoria Palace Theatre, London

Best designer

Vicki Mortimer for Follies
National Theatre, London
“It’s really nice to win an award for this production because it is genuinely a bit of a one off, and was a really special thing to be a part of.”

Best director

Dominic Cooke for Follies
National Theatre, London
“I’m thrilled, because we had a great time doing it. The relationship between artists and critics is complicated but I believe in criticism and I also believe in expertise, so it’s lovely to get this recognition.”

Best actress


Victoria Hamilton for Albion
Almeida Theatre, London
“This is a special one to win because I know we’re meant to not care what the critics think but fundamentally when you’re a theatre actor you do spend an awful of of your life dependent on what they think. To have a whole circle of them telling you that you’ve done alright is quite nice.”

Best actor


Bryan Cranston for Network
National Theatre, London
“I am always blissfully surprised because I pay no attention to award nominations or announcements. My job is to do the work. That’s where I derive my joy and I have no expectations, zero. So this way it’s always a lovely surprise if something happens.”

Best new play

The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre, London

Special award

David Lan for services to theatre
“Winning this award is very surprising, especially I suppose because it’s from a very diverse bunch of people who see everything in town and beyond, so I’m very chuffed indeed.”


The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards are decided annually by critics and cover theatre in London in 2017. They were presented at the Prince of Wales Theatre on January 30.

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