Celebrating the best of British theater April 8 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards gave top honors to the West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which earned seven statues including best new musical. Giles Terera and Michael Jibson, playing the roles of Aaron Burr and King George III, respectively, were among the musical’s big winners.
Hosted by the hilarious Catherine Tate and presented with Mastercard, this year’s Olivier Awards ceremony included performances and presentations from the likes of Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jr., Patti LuPone, Michael Sheen, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The results cast a wide net among recipients, which included best new play champion “The Ferryman,” Jez Butterworth’s thriller led by best director winner Sam Mendes; Conor McPherson’s “Girl From The North Country,” which earned recognition for its stars Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim; and the National Theatre’s revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” winning for best play revival and supporting actress Denise Gough.
The National amassed five total awards, the most of any theater, including for Bryan Cranston’s leading turn in Lee Hall’s “Network” and for best musical revival winner “Follies.” Best new comedy went to James Graham for his play “Labour Of Love”; his other play “Ink” yielded a best supporting actor victory for Bertie Carvel. Earning this year’s Special Award was David Lan, who has led the Young Vic for 18 years.
Established in 1976 and renamed in 1984, the Olivier Awards are the most prestigious honors for the stage and performing arts across the U.K. For more information and a full list of awards results, visit olivierawards.com.
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