2023 Best Lead Performance in a Play

Harriet Walter, The House of Bernarda Alba
Ruth Wilson, The Second Woman

In a sensational year for the National Theatre, Walter tackling Alice Birch’s take on Lorca was an absolute thrill. And just Ruth Wilson. Ruth bloody Wilson!

Katie Arnstein, The Long Run
Hattie Morahan, Ghosts

Arnstein has made me cry before but never like this, The Long Run was exquisitely well-observed and painfully close to home. And Morahan’s Helene was perfection in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ reworking of Ibsen.

Samuel Barnett, Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen
Tom Claxton, A Manchester Anthem
Paapa Essiedu, The Effect
Joseph Fiennes, Dear England
Janet McTeer, Phaedra
Sophie Okonedo, Medea
David Paisley, Jock Night
Talia Pick/Emma Lucia, How We Begin

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