Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards – Groundhog Day comes out on top


Kate Varah and André Ptaszynski pick up the Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical for Groundhog Day at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Picture: Peter Jones

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival) went to the Old Vic production of Groundhog Day at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016 held today at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

Written by Matilda the Musical’s Tim Minchin and directed by Matilda and Ghost director Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day features a book by Danny Rubin, based on his original screenplay co-written by the late Harold Ramis, the film’s director.

Based on the 1983 hit movie in which charismatic Murray played a cynical TV weatherman who learns the true meaning of life and love while stuck in the recurring ‘day from hell’, Groundhog Day ended its premiere run at London’s Old Vic on 19 September. The musical, again starring Andy Karl in the lead role, opens on Broadway on 17 April.

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical was presented to Kate Varah and Andre Ptaszynski by Daily Telegraph critic Dominic Cavendish.

As ever, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 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.

For the first time, the invited audience also enjoyed a sneak-peek performance of new Gary Barlow and Tim Firth musical The Girls, currently in preview at the Phoenix Theatre where it officially opens on 21 February. Today, star Joanna Riding performed ‘Scarborough’, accompanied by Tim Firth.


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