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News: Actor in a leading role

Three of the panel’s most admired performances this year came from actors breathing new life into classic, but always daunting, roles including Don Warrington in the tormented title role of King Lear at the Royal Exchange, David Nielson as the filthy and unappetising Hamm in Samuel Becket’s Endgame at HOME and Rob Edwards as the compassionate and heroic Atticus Finch in Bolton Octagon’s To Kill A Mockingbird.Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code was revived at the Royal Exchange after a mere 30 years and proved triumphant, not least for our winner Daniel Rigby’s performance as Alan Turing, of which we wrote “his is a performance as assured and comfortable as his tweed jacket and Fairisle jumper. One that captures all the sociopathic tendencies of his character, but leavens it with a sense of over-honest decency, and wry humour.”

Kevin Bourke
17 March 2017