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Poirot's Suchet is top stage actor

David Suchet has been rewarded with a major accolade for his theatre work after being named by critics as the top stage actor.

The Poirot star, 64, who was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list, landed the best actor prize at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.

The star was given the prize for his performance in All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in London.

Collecting the best actress prize was Jenny Jules for her role as Mama Nadi in Ruined at the Almeida Theatre, London. She is to reprise the role at the Arena Stage in Washington.

Sir Derek Jacobi was honoured for his part in King Lear at London's Donmar Warehouse which was named best Shakespearean performance.

The production also landed an award for its director Michael Grandage who was given the best director award jointly with Thea Sharrock for After The Dance at the National Theatre.

The awards event, held at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, awarded the best new play prize to Clybourne Park. Bruce Norris's play, a satire about racial prejudice, was staged at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court in London.

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