Bend It Like Beckham The Musical came out top at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2015, winning The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical. The award was presented to Gurinder Chadha (director and new book), composer Howard Goodall, Paul Mayeda Berges (new book) and producer Sonia Friedman the Evening Standard’s by Henry Hitchings.
Bend It Like Beckham will play its final performance at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 March 2016, at the end of the cast’s year-long contract. Rehearsals began for the critically acclaimed production in March 2015 with a company led by Natalie Dew as Jess and Lauren Samuels as Jules. The producers are currently finalising both national and international touring offers, including a tour of India visiting multiple stadia.
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2015 were hosted today, Tuesday 26 January 2016, by the Critics’ Circle Drama Section chairman Mark Shenton, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
As ever, the ceremony was an informal gathering of award recipients, the drama critics, theatre practitioners and the media, coming together to celebrate the critics’ personal choice of the best theatre from throughout the UK during the last calendar year. Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings.
The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical [new or revival]: Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre, London)
Best New Play: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London)
Best Actor: Kenneth Cranham in The Father (Bath Theatre Royal Ustinov Studio and Tricycle Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London and 2016 transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre, London and UK tour)
Best Actress: Denise Gough in People, Places and Things (Dorfman Theatre at the National, London, followed by 2016 transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London)
The Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance: Judi Dench in The Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre, London)
Best Director: Robert Icke for Oresteia (Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Trafalgar Studios, London)
Best Designer: Anna Fleischle for Hangmen (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London)
Most Promising Playwright: James Fritz for Four minutes twelve seconds (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London and Trafalgar Studios, London)
The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer [other than a playwright]: David Moorst in Violence and Son (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London)
The awards were presented in association with Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists, and supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and the Hilary and Stuart Williams Foundation for the Arts.
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