‘Hamilton’ Breaks Record for Most Olivier Award Nominations Ever

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Announced in London by Elaine Paige and Alexandra Burke, the 2018 Laurence Olivier Award nominations represented the U.K.’s most thrilling and boundary-pushing theater of the last year. As it did during its U.S. conception, “Hamilton” dominated the list in 13 places, setting a new record for most Olivier nods for a single production ever.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical about the Founding Fathers smashed box office records even before its Broadway opening in 2015, and eventually scored 11 Tony Award wins. The West End production of “Hamilton,” now playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre, will now compete at the Tonys of the U.K. alongside fellow 2018 Best New Musical nominees “An American In Paris” at the Dominion Theatre, “Everybody's Talking About Jamie” at the Apollo Theatre, “Girl From The North Country” at The Old Vic, and “Young Frankenstein” at the Garrick Theatre.

This year’s most-recognized new play is Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman” at the Royal Court Theatre with eight nominations. The National Theatre’s revival of “Angels In America,” currently transferring to Broadway after an acclaimed run in London, follows with six nods, including for stars Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, and James McArdle. The National collected an impressive 22 total nominations.

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Imelda Staunton, who earned her fourth Olivier statue only two years ago for “Gypsy,” has now scored dual nominations for two revivals: one for Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” at the National and the other for Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Among the other acting nominees are recent Oscar nominee Lesley Manville for “Long Day's Journey Into Night” at Wyndham’s Theatre, as well as Tony Award winners Bryan Cranston for for “Network” at the National and Audra McDonald for “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill” at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and executive producer of the awards, said in a statement, “This year’s Olivier nominations reflect a strong and exciting performing arts scene in the UK with fresh, new work coming to the fore. It is wonderful to see so many first time nominees and we look forward to welcoming everyone to this celebratory occasion on Sunday 8 April.”

Established in 1976 and renamed in 1984, the Olivier Awards are Britain’s most prestigious honors for the stage and live performing arts. Presented in part by Mastercard, this year’s awards will be broadcasted April 8 live from the Royal Albert Hall with Catherine Tate as host. For more information and a full list of nominees, visit olivierawards.com.

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