David Suchet, Derek Jacobi win UK theatre awards

Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:07am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - David Suchet, best known for his portrayal of detective Hercule Poirot in the British television series, was named top stage actor of 2010 at the Critics' Circle Theater Awards in London on Tuesday.

The 64-year-old was named for his performance in "All My Sons" at the Apollo Theater.

Derek Jacobi, 72, scooped the award for best Shakespearean performance in "King Lear" at Donmar Warehouse.

The director of the same play, Michael Grandage, won best director jointly with Thea Sharrock for "After the Dance" at the National Theater.

Collecting the best actress prize was Jenny Jules in "Ruined" at the Almeida Theater, a role she is to reprise at the Arena Stage in Washington.

Best new play went to the Royal Court's "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' examination of racial prejudice set in Chicago. Best musical was awarded to "Matilda, A Musical," staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company and based on the Roald Dahl novel.

Following is the list of winners at the Critics' Circle Theater Awards 2010:

- Best new play: Clybourne Park

- Best musical: Matilda, A Musical   Continued...