Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory has been named Best Actress at this year's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.
The actress, who is married to Wolf Hall and Homeland star Damian Lewis, triumphed for her title role in ancient Greek tragedy Medea, at the National Theatre.
Mark Strong won Best Actor for his performance in the Arthur Miller play A View From The Bridge, at London's Young Vic theatre and Wyndham's Theatre. The acclaimed production won two gongs at this year's awards, also taking Best Director for Ivo Van Hove.
Theatre highlights of 2015
Theatre highlights of 2015
1/7 Hamlet - Barbican
The advance sales broke records, but there will be 100 £10 tickets held back for each day’s performance of the most hotly anticipated classical production of the year: Benedict Cumberbatch as Shakespeare’s brainiest hero, directed by Lyndsey (Chimerica) Turner.
2/7 Bend it Like Beckham - Phoenix Theatre
Gurinder Chadha directs a musical adaptation of her film about a Sikh girl who defies her family for football, scored by Howard Goodall. We’re promised a celebratory state-of-the-nation comedy.
3/7 Hard Problem - National Theatre
The Hard Problem is consciousness in Tom Stoppard’s first new play for nine years. It’s set in a brain science institute and directed by Nicholas Hytner, who steps down at the National Theatre after a glorious reign, in April.
4/7 The Hook - Royal & Derngate
To celebrate the Arthur Miller centenary, James Dacre directs a world premiere, adapted by Ron Hutchinson from Miller’s FBI-suppressed screenplay about mobsters in the dockyards of 1950s Brooklyn.
5/7 Farinelli and the King - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Mark Rylance stars in this fascinating real-life story, dramatised by his wife Claire van Kampen, about Philippe V of Spain and the castrato whose voice cured him of insomnia and despair.
6/7 Antigone - Barbican and King's Theatre
The visionary Flemish director Ivo van Hove brings us Sophocles’s great tragedy in a modern version starring Juliette Binoche.
7/7 The Vote -Donmar Warehouse
James Graham aims for a media coup with his drama set in a fictional London polling booth in the last 90 minutes of Election Day 2015. The run culminates in a live broadcast on More4 on the day.
Anthony Sher took the award for Best Shakespearean Performance for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the epic Henry IV Parts I & II.
Winners list in full
Best New Play
King Charles III by Mike Bartlett (Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre, London)
The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival)
Gypsy (Festival Theatre, Chichester, followed by transfer to Savoy Theatre, London)
Mark Strong in A View From The Bridge (Young Vic Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre)
Helen McCrory in Medea (Olivier Theatre at the National, London)
The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance
Antony Sher in Henry IV Parts I & II (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, regional tour and Barbican Theatre, London)
Ivo van Hove for A View From The Bridge (Young Vic Theatre followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre)
Paul Barritt for Golem (Young Vic Theatre), and Es Devlin for The Nether (Headlong Theatre at Royal Court Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Duke of York's Theatre, London)
Most Promising Playwright
Barney Norris for Visitors (Up In Arms regional tour and Arcola Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Bush Theatre, London)
The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright)
Patsy Ferran in Blithe Spirit and Treasure Island (Gielgud Theatre, London, and Olivier Theatre at the National, London)Reuse content