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McCrory lands theatre actress award

Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory has been named best actress at this year's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.

The actress, who is married to Wolf Hall and Homeland star Damian Lewis, triumphed for her title role in ancient Greek tragedy Medea, at the National Theatre.

Mark Strong won best actor for his performance in the Arthur Miller play A View From The Bridge, at London's Young Vic theatre and Wyndham's Theatre.

A View From The Bridge won two gongs at this year's awards, also taking best director for Ivo Van Hove.

Anthony Sher took the award for best Shakespearean performance for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the epic Henry IV Parts I & II.

King Charles III by Mike Bartlett was crowned b est new play and Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton at the Almeida Theatre, London, won the Peter Hepple Award for best musical.

The winners:

:: Best New Play: King Charles III by Mike Bartlett ( Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre, London)

:: The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival): Gypsy ( Festival Theatre, Chichester, followed by transfer to Savoy Theatre, London)

:: Best Actor: Mark Strong in A View From The Bridge ( Young Vic Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre)

:: Best Actress: Helen McCrory in Medea ( Olivier Theatre at the National, London)

:: The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance: Antony Sher in Henry IV Parts I & II ( Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, regional tour and Barbican Theatre, London)

:: Best Director: Ivo van Hove for A View From The Bridge ( Young Vic Theatre followed by transfer to Wyndham's Theatre)

:: Best Designer: Paul Barritt for Golem ( Young Vic Theatre), and Es Devlin for The Nether ( Headlong Theatre at Royal Court Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Duke of York's Theatre, London)

:: Most Promising Playwright: Barney Norris for Visitors ( Up In Arms regional tour and Arcola Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Bush Theatre, London)

:: The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright): Patsy Ferran in Blithe Spirit and Treasure Island ( Gielgud Theatre, London, and Olivier Theatre at the National, London)

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