AN EDINBURGH theatre’s production of Waiting For Godot featuring actors Brian Cox and Bill Paterson has won the top prize at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats).
The Royal Lyceum’s version of the Beckett drama took the Best Production award while the cast, also including John Bett and Benny Young, scooped the Best Ensemble Award.
Cats co-convener Mark Fisher said: “Mark Thomson’s lucid, precisely choreographed production got under the skin of a modern classic, ensuring it was not just a star vehicle for two very well-known actors, but a full-blooded ensemble performance.
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“It was one of the triumphs of the Royal Lyceum’s 50th anniversary season and of the whole Scottish theatre calendar.”
The awards were announced at a ceremony at the winning theatre on Sunday, hosted by actress Daniela Nardini and Still Game star Sanjeev Kohli.
Glasgow’s Citizens’ Theatre picked up six awards, split between two shows.
This Restless House won Zinnie Harris Best New Play, Dominic Hill Best Director and Pauline Knowles Best Female Performance.
The Citizens’ staging of Alasdair Gray’s epic novel Lanark: A Life in Three Acts won Sandy Grierson Best Male Performance as well as taking Best Design and Best Technical Presentation.
Muriel Romanes, who recently stepped down as long-term artistic director of Scottish theatre company Stellar Quines, was awarded the 2016 Cats Whiskers for her vision and determination in Scottish theatre-making.
The Best Music and Sound award went to the National Theatre of Scotland’s Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour. Uncanny Valley won the Best Production for Children and Young People award.