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Last Updated: Tuesday January 27 2009 16:39 GMT

Tennant scoops award for Hamlet

David Tennant (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

David Tennant's been given lots of prizes for playing the Time Lord, but his latest award is for his work on the stage.

The Doctor Who actor was joint winner of the best Shakespearean performance gong at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in London.

He won the award for his role in the play Hamlet, despite missing some shows because of his bad back.

Tennant is filming the new specials of Doctor Who at the moment.

The play Hamlet was on in theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, and was very popular with audiences.

David Tennant signs autographs for waiting fans (Photo by Zak Hussein/PA Wire)
Tennant was popular as Hamlet
Another actor took the lead role while Tennant was out of action after having surgery for his bad back.

But he did manage to return to the role before the end of the show's run.

He won the award for his performance alongside another actor, Derek Jacobi.

Recent figures show that the number of people going to the theatre in London last year was higher than usual.

Some people think one of the reasons for the high attendance was big stars like Tennant taking the lead roles.

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