Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch were the toast of the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in London on Tuesday (24Jan12), scooping two of the top acting prizes.

The My Week With Marilyn hunk landed the Best Shakespearean Performance honour for his portrayal of King Richard II, but it was Cumberbatch who impressed the judges the most.

The Sherlock star was named Best Actor for his role in Frankenstein, and director Danny Boyle accepted the award on his behalf.

Best New Play went to One Man, Two Guvnors, which is set to transfer toNew York with its lead James Corden in the spring (12), while British TV star Sheridan Smith won the Best Actress prize for her part in war drama Flare Path.

Mike Leigh was named Best Director for Grief, which follows a disintegrating relationship between a widowed mother and daughter.