Critics' Circle Awards 2016: the winners in full

Even without trying, I end up being contrary! The Critics' Circle Awards have announced their winners for 2016 and as I cast my eyes down the list, I was amused to see that their best new play and best musical were shows that I did not hugely enjoy (The Flick and Groundhog Day) and their best actor pick - Stephen Dillane - was another that did not register with me at all.

After that, things chime a little better with me, with Billie Piper's excoriating work in Yerma, which is returning this summer, and Glenda Jackson's extraordinary Lear (whatever you thought of the production, her production was a stonking return to the stage) both being recognised. And deservedly, the creatives behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gain just as much recognition, if not more, as its cast. Lovely to see Charlene James getting a nod too for  Cuttin’ It as most promising playwright.

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

Anthony Boyle & John Tiffany (c) Peter Jones

Anthony Pins, Billie Piper, Stephen Dillane, Paul Taiano (c) Peter Jones

Tim Firth & Joanna Riding (c) Peter Jones

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