As 2017 draws to a close, we look forward to the first awards ceremony of the new year celebrating the best of this year. The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards has confirmed its annual ceremony on the last Tuesday of January – hosted and organised, respectively, by MyTheatreMates co-founders Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock (pictured above).
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2017 will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End, hosted by Critics’ Circle Drama Section Chairman Mark Shenton, with regular guest speaker Arthur Smith introducing the prestigious awards in much-loved tradition.
The ceremony is one of the best loved in the theatre awards calendar with its informal gathering of award recipients, drama critics, theatre practitioners and the media, convivially coming together to celebrate the critics’ personal choice of the best theatre, from throughout the UK, during the last calendar year.
Since the Awards’ inception in 1989 the theatre critics, consisting entirely of respected and influential working journalists, have prided themselves on offering something unique on the packed theatre awards circuit: each member of the Drama Section independently casts their vote based on personal choice, free of any discussion or industry influence, ensuring a highly democratic voting process.
The Awards, which are once again generously sponsored and presented in association with Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists; and, for the 13th year, supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, will be produced for the second year by Terri Paddock. Following last year’s digital innovation, acceptance speeches will once more be broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live on the day.
Section Chairman Mark Shenton said: “Where other award ceremonies prioritise celebrity winners, see the industry rewarding itself or act as a public popularity contest, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards alone are above the fray with their independence, judged by respected critics whose job it is to see theatre week in, week out, without fear or favour, and who have no other agenda than to celebrate excellence.”
Winners of last year’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards included Billie Piper, Stephen Dillane, Glenda Jackson, Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Groundhog Day. For more photos and full results, visit criticscircletheatreawards.com
The Critics’ Circle, established in 1913, is a professional association of critics of drama, music, film, dance and art/architecture. Its objects are to promote the art of criticism and to uphold its integrity in practice, to foster and safeguard the interests of its members and to support the advancement of the arts. Admission to membership is by invitation of the Council.
Nyman Libson Paul is a chartered accountancy practice based in London and was established in 1933. It operates in all sectors but has particular expertise in the entertainment industry and provides tax, financial and commercial advice to businesses and individuals, including the winners of Oscars, BAFTAs and the Queen’s Award for Export. For further information, visit www.nlpca.co.uk.