Imelda Staunton (right) beat <i>Sweeney Todd</i> costar Michael Ball for the Best Performance in A Musical Award.
Imelda Staunton (right) beat Sweeney Todd costar Michael Ball for the Best Performance in A Musical Award.
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Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton were the big winners at the annual Theatre Awards UK, according to Whats On Stage.

Goodman received the coveted Best Performance in a Play honor for his work in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, while Staunton won Best Performance in a Musical awars for her performance in Sweeney Todd, besting her co-star Michael Ball. (The Theatre Awards UK do not divide male and female performers into separate categories.

Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer Prize-finalist In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) received Best New Play, while The Go-Between won Best Musical Production.

Additional winners included Aidan McArdle (Best Supporting Performance for Democracy); Garry Hynes (Best Director for DruidMurphy); and Amanda Stoodley (Best Design for Manchester Lines), and Anne Boleyn (Best Touring Production).

The Theatre Awards UK honor theater throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.