Clarence Derwent award winners announced
25 November 2016
This year’s winners of the Clarence Derwent awards are Melody Grove for her performance as Isabella Farnese in Farinelli and the King and Jonathan Broadbent for his portrayal of Guy in My Night with Reg. Pictured is winner Jonathan Broadbent with Equity President Malcolm Sinclair.
The Clarence Derwent Awards are theatre awards given annually by Equity for the best individual male and female performances in a supporting role in a West End production.
Richard Digby Day, theatre director and judge said: “These Awards are not much known to the general public, although they predate both the Evening Standard and Olivier awards. For the panel delegated with the task of choosing the winners, it is a challenging experience, but there is rarely disagreement about the final selection which in recent years have been shared between an actor who has contributed not just this one distinguished performance but many others over the years, together with an actor who has made a striking contribution from a single role.”
The UK awards date back to 1948 and have an illustrious history of rewarding some of the most respected names in British theatre – including familiar names such as Sir Ian McKellen, Timothy West and Dame Judi Dench – but also many other actors whose contributions to British theatre are most highly prized by their peers.
The judges were director Richard Digby Day, producer Thelma Holt, critic Kate Bassett and Equity President Malcolm Sinclair.
The Awards were presented on Friday 25 November at 12:30pm in the Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London and it is also the occasion when Equity presents its student and young member bursaries. The four bursaries, each of £500, were created as part of the union’s 75th anniversary year (2005) celebration and are funded from donations from Equity life members.
The student bursaries went to Erika Eva, studying MA Theatre Directing at East 15 and Cristo Fernandez, studying MA Acting at Guildford School of Acting.
The young member bursaries were presented to Jonathan Mathews and Abby Restall. Jonathan wanted the money to get a high quality voice reel, while Abby aims to set up a theatre company with a fellow Equity member. Pictured below is Cristo, Abby, Equity President Malcolm Sinclair, Erika and Jonathan.