Not-for-profit theaters reigned supreme at the U.K.’s 22nd annual Critics’ Circle Awards. With the exception of the best actor nod for David Suchet in “All My Sons,” produced by Kim Poster and Sonia Friedman Prods., the remainder of the ceremony represented a total shutout for the commercial West End.
Biggest winner was the Royal Court, bagging best play for “Clybourne Park” by U.S. scribe Bruce Norris, most promising playwright for Anya Reiss’ debut “Spur of the Moment” and most promising newcomer for Daniel Kaluuya’s perf in “Sucker Punch.”
“Clybourne Park” also won the play kudo at the Evening Standard awards. Dominic Cooke’s production transfers to the West End on Jan. 28.
The sole tuner award went to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit production “Matilda,” helmed by Matthew Warchus.
On more traditionally Shakespearean turf, the Donmar scored a double. Derek Jacobi took Shakespearean performance for his title role in “King Lear.” The production also netted the director kudo for Michael Grandage, the fourth time he has won it in 11 years. In a rare dead heat, he shared the nod with Thea Sharrock, who helmed “After The Dance” at the National Theater. This is the first time the award has gone to a woman.
Bunny Christie won the design award for her sets and costumes for “The White Guard” at the National and Jenny Jules won the actress award for her leading role in Indhu Rubasingham’s U.K. premiere production of “Ruined” at the Almeida.