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Kinnear scoops playwright award

Rory Kinnear has been named Most Promising Playwright for his writing debut.

The 35-year-old, who recently played Lord Lucan in an ITV drama and is best known for his role as spy boss M's right-hand man in Skyfall, has been awarded two gongs at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.

The Count Arthur Strong actor took Best Shakespearean Performance for his role in Othello at the National Theatre and Most Promising Playwright for The Herd, a play about disability.

The subject is close to the star's heart as Rory, whose play was shown at the Bush Theatre in London, has a severely disabled sister.

The Most Promising Playwright prize was awarded jointly to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, London.

Comedian Lenny Henry, a relative newcomer to the stage, won best actor at the ceremony, for his performance in American drama Fences, set between the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The play transferred from the Theatre Royal, Bath to the Duchess Theatre in London and also toured.

Lesley Manville won Best Actress for her performance in the Almeida Theatre's production of Ibsen's play Ghosts, which she has described as "my Olympics moment."

Chimerica, at the Almeida Theatre, about a young American photojournalist who captures a moment in history at China's Tiananmen Square in 1989, triumphed with the most awards at the 25th anniversary ceremony.

The new play, which transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, scooped Best New Play, Best Director (Lyndsey Turner) and Best Designer.

Best Musical went to The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic Theatre, London.

The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards took place at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, London.

:: Winners of the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards

:: Most Promising Playwright:

Rory Kinnear for The Herd ( Bush Theatre, London) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag

(Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Soho Theatre, London) awarded jointly.

:: The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright):

Kate O'Flynn in Port

Lyttelton Theatre at the National, London

:: Best Designer:

Es Devlin for Chimerica

Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre, London

:: Best Director:

Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica

Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre, London

:: The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance:

Rory Kinnear in Othello

Olivier Theatre at the National, London

:: Best Actress:

Lesley Manville in Ghosts

Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Trafalgar Studios, London

:: Best Actor:

Lenny Henry in Fences

Theatre Royal Bath and tour, followed by transfer to Duchess Theatre, London

:: The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival):

The Scottsboro Boys

Young Vic Theatre, London

:: Best New Play:

Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre, London


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