Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2015: Helen McCrory wins Best Actress for Medea

The Peaky Blinders star took home the prize and Mark Strong won Best Actor

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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.

 

Anthony Sher took the award for Best Shakespearean Performance for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the epic Henry IV Parts I & II.

King Charles III by Mike Bartlett was crowned Best New Play and Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton at the Almeida Theatre, London, won the Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical.

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)

Best Actor

Mark Strong in A View From The Bridge (Young Vic Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre)

Best Actress

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)

Best Director

Ivo van Hove for A View From The Bridge (Young Vic Theatre followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre)

Best Designer

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)

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