The winners of this year's Irish Times Theatre Awards have been announced, after the cancellation of this year's awards ceremony due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Irish Times revealed the winners online and via the paper's print edition, awarding the Best Production award to Brokentakers' The Examination, a documentary performance work exploring mental health and human rights in the Irish prison system.

The Examination

Lisa Tierney-Keogh's This Beautiful Village, commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, was named Best New Play, while Brian Doherty won Best Actor for roles in Rough Magic's production of Marina Carr's Hecuba and Red Kettle's production of Jim Nolan's The Red Iron, and Aoibhéann McCann named Best Actress for her role as Blanche Du Bois in the Lyric Theatre Belfast production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. 

The Judges' Special Award went to Dublin Fringe Festival, for 'facilitating the development of a new generation of theatre artists', and Galway-based company Macnas received a Special Tribute Award for their achievements over the past three decades. 

A message from Irish Times Theatre Awards 2020 host Jonathan White

See the full list of winners below. 

SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD

Macnas

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Bread not Profits, Gúna Nua

IRISH TIMES IRISH THEATRE AWARDS WINNERS 2019

BEST PRODUCTION

The Examination by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan, Brokentalkers and UCD School of History

BEST OPERA PRODUCTION

Abomination: A DUP Opera by Conor Mitchell, Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Arts

BEST DIRECTOR

Jim Culleton

For The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, Fishamble: The New Play Company in association with Draíocht, the Everyman Theatre, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre and Town Hall Theatre

Brian Doherty in Hecuba

BEST ACTOR

Brian Doherty

In the role of Agamemnon in Hecuba by Marina Carr, Rough Magic in association with the Dublin Theatre Festival and in the role of Dog in The Red Iron by Jim Nolan, Red Kettle Theatre Company

BEST ACTRESS

Aoibhéann McCann

In the role of Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a Lyric Theatre production

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ian-Lloyd Anderson

In the role of Donal in The Beacon by Nancy Harris, a Druid and Gate Theatre Co-production

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Liz Fitzgibbon

In the roles of Josie, Marie and others in Dublin Will Show You How by Tracy Martin, the Abbey Theatre in a co-production with The Complex

This Beautiful Village

BEST NEW PLAY

Lisa Tierney-Keogh

This Beautiful Village, the Abbey Theatre

BEST ENSEMBLE

The Travels of Jonathan Swift

Adapted from the Writings of Jonathan Swift by Conall Morrison, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company

Beginning

BEST SET DESIGN

Sarah Bacon

Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray, an Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre Co-production
AND
Beginning by David Eldridge, the Gate Theatre
AND
Drama at Inish by Lennox Robinson, an Abbey Theatre Production

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Paul Keogan

The Big Chapel X, based on The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy. Adapted by John Morton, Medb Lambert and Donal Gallagher, Asylum Productions and Kilkenny Arts Festival with the support of the Abbey Theatre
AND
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, the Gate Theatre
AND
Blood in the Dirt by Rory Gleeson, Landmark Productions and Keynote Productions

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Enda Kenny

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a Lyric Theatre Production

Much Ado About Nothing

BEST MOVEMENT DIRECTION

Philip Connaughton

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, adapted by Nathan O'Donnell and Ronan Phelan, Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival

BEST SOUNDSCAPE

Denis Clohessy

The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney, Fishamble: the New Play Company in association with Draoícht, the Everyman Theatre, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre and Town Hall Theatre
AND
The Examination by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan, Brokentalkers and UCD School of History
AND
In Our Veins by Lee Coffey, Bitter Like a Lemon and the Abbey Theatre in association with Dublin Port Company

JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD

Dublin Fringe Festival

For facilitating the development of a new generation of theatre artists, giving them the opportunity to test their creativity, break boundaries and experiment, with the guidance of excellent producers, artists and theatre makers.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD

Macnas

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Bread not Profits, Gúna Nua