Did the Critics’ Circle Awards get it right? Ian Foster’s take

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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 – The Flick and Groundhog Day – were shows that I did not hugely enjoy and their best actor pick – Stephen Dillane in Faith Healer – 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 King 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

For more information, visit criticscircletheatreawards.com.

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Ian Foster
Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Ian Foster
Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."