Date set for Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2017 at Prince of Wales
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2017 will take place 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.
As ever, the ceremony will provide an informal gathering of award recipients, the 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 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. They 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 who attended last year’s awards included Glenda Jackson, Billie Piper, Anthony Boyle, Stephen Dillane, director John Tiffany and the cast of Tim Minchin musical Groundhog Day.
After another exciting year in London theatre and beyond, the critics look forward to welcoming the best talent back to the Prince of Wales in January. Who will be recognised this time?