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Thursday 24 July 2014

Cumberbatch wins top theatre prize

Benedict Cumberbatch has won a top theatre award

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has landed the best actor title for his leading role in Frankenstein at a top theatrical awards event.

The star, who alternated his role as both Dr Frankenstein and the monster with colleague Jonny Lee Miller for the National Theatre production, triumphed at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.

Sheridan Smith, who previously starred in Legally Blonde - The Musical, took the best actress prize for her role in the revival of Terence Rattigan's Second World War drama Flare Path.

Eddie Redmayne, who is currently starring in BBC1's adaptation of the First World War drama Birdsong, took the prize for best Shakespearean performance for his role in Richard II at London's Donmar Warehouse.

Eddie is a past winner of the best newcomer prize, and is also up for the "rising star" award at the film Baftas next month.

The comedy One Man, Two Guvnors - starring James Corden in the lead role - took the prize for best new play. James will take the show over to Broadway in the coming weeks.

Veteran film-maker Mike Leigh was named best director for his production Grief, which was staged at the National Theatre.

The awards were handed over at the Prince Of Wales Theatre in London.

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