The Broadway-bound Groundhog Day was named Best Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won three major awards at the U.K. Critics Circle Theatre Awards, which were presented January 31 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Also honored was Annie Baker's The Flick, which was named Best New Play.
In the ceremony, hosted by Mark Shenton, chairman of the drama section of Critics Circle and London correspondent to Playbill.com, other major awards went to Glenda Jackson for her first stage role in a quarter of a century (winner of the Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for playing the title role in King Lear at the Old Vic), Stephen Dillane (named Best Actor for his role in Faith Healer at the Donmar Warhouse), and Billie Piper (named Best Actress for playing the title role in Yerma at the Young Vic).
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won three awards, with John Tiffany named Best Director, Christine Jones named Best Designer, and Anthony Boyle winning the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright).
The award for Most Promising Playwright was won by Charlene James for her play Cuttin' It, co-produced by Young Vic, Royal Court, and The Yard Theatres, London; Birmingham Rep and Sheffield Crucible.
The Awards were presented in association with Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists, and supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.
For a list of previous years’ winners, visit criticscircletheatreawards.com.