Crucible wins top prize in national theatre awards

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SHEFFIELD Theatres has scooped a success in prestigious national awards.

Aidan McArdle won best supporting actor at the Theatre Awards UK, for his role in Michael Frayn’s play Democracy.

Aiden was praised for his ‘witty and compelling portrayal’ of East German spy Günter Guillaume in the multi award-winning play, which appeared on the Crucible stage in March 2012 as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Michael Frayn season.

Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Aidan won best supporting performance.

“The Michael Frayn season was a landmark event for us and it is a testament to the work of director Paul Miller and the brilliant cast of Democracy that the production later transferred to the West End.

“Aidan’s deserved success at the Theatre Awards UK is the icing on the cake. He’s an extraordinarily gifted actor.”

Sheffield Theatres was nominated in three other categories at the awards – best new play, best performance in a musical and best musical production.