British theatre enjoys success in the US

Britain’s theatre industry is enjoying continued success across the pond following two recent awards.

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle has awarded The Night Alive by Dublin-born playwright Conor McPherson the title of Best Play, whilst Shakespeare’s Globe’s all-male productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III (starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry) were awarded Special Citation Awards.

The 79th annual awards ceremony will take place on 16 May.

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Meanwhile, several British actors were recognised at this year’s Theatre World Awards. Paul Chahidi won for his performance in the Globe’s production of Twelfth Night alongside Rylance and Fry. Other UK winners included Sophie Okonedo for A Raisin in the Sun; Sarah Greene for The Cripple of Inishmaan; Rebecca Hall for Machinal; and Chris O’Dowd for Of Mice and Men.

The awards recognise outstanding Broadway or off-Broadway debut performances during the 2013-14 season. The private awards ceremony will take place in New York on 2 June.

Photo: Stephen Fry in the Globe’s production of Twelfth Night © Simon Annand