Spacey and Russell Beale Win London Critics Circle Awards

News   Spacey and Russell Beale Win London Critics Circle Awards In the wake of the recently announced Olivier Award nominations, the Critics Circle held its own annual awards Jan. 31.
Simon Russell Beale
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During a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre, the Circle’s Drama Section dished out awards for nine categories for productions staged in 2005. The award winners included Kevin Spacey, whose Richard II took the Best Shakespearean Performance Award, and Simon Russell Beale for his performance in the Donmar production of The Philanthropist. Eve Best scooped the Best Actress Award for the title role in the Almeida production of Hedda Gabler.

Best New Play went to Richard Bean for his rural epic Harvest staged at the Royal Court, with Best Musical going to Billy Elliot.

The list of winners follows:
Best New Play
Harvest by Richard Bean, Royal Court

Best Musical
Billy Elliot, Victoria Palace

Best Director
Michael Grandage for The Wild Duck, Donmar

Best Actor
Simon Russell Beale for The Philanthropist, Donmar

Best Actress
Eve Best for Hedda Gabler, Almeida

Best Shakespearean performance
Kevin Spacey for Richard II, Old Vic

Best Designer
Timothy Bird and David Farley for Sunday in the Park with George, Menier Chocolate Factory

Most Promising Playwright
Laura Wade for Breathing Corpses and Colder Than Here, Royal Court and Soho Theatre.

Most Promising Newcomer (apart from a playwright)
Mariah Gale for ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Southwark Playhouse.

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