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Clarence Derwent Awards winners 2013

16 September 2013

Clarence Derwent Awards 2013This year’s winners are Paul Chahidi for the role of Maria in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Globe and Fenella Woolgar for her portrayal of Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic.

Paul will soon be reprising his role on Broadway, while Fenella will be appearing in Handbagged at the Tricycle theatre from 26 September.

The Awards were presented on Friday 13 September at 12:30pm in the Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London.

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 production in the West End.

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 is most highly prized by their peers.

 The judges of the prize were critic Michael Billington (The Guardian), actor Peter Barnes, director Richard Digby Day, producer Thelma Holt, critic Kate Bassett and Equity President Malcolm Sinclair.

Malcolm Sinclair said: “The judges were bowled over by the performances of Paul and Fenella. Paul has played the role of Maria a number of times in his career and his portrayal simply gets better and better. We thought that Fenella’s role as the terrified friend of Hedda Gabler's schooldays was the key performance of that production.”      

To see more pictures of the event, visit our Flickr page.

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