Olivier Awards 2018 - Hamilton, Angels in America & Broadway-bound The Ferryman win big in London
The West End production of Hamilton takes home a grand total of 7 Oliviers at this year's ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Yesterday our friends from over the pond celebrated the biggest night in the West End's theatrical calendar, as the 2018 Olivier Awards were held at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London and the West End transfer of Hamilton dominated the evening scooping an impressive total of seven Olivier Awards! Check out our London Theatre Guide sister site for a full list of all the winners!
Presented by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hamilton took home the final award of the night - "Best New Musical" - to rapturous applause and its previous wins that evening were for "Outstanding Achievement in Music" (for Lin-Manuel Miranda), "Best Actor in a Musical" (for Giles Terera for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, mirroring Leslie Odom, Jr.'s Tony win in 2016), "Best Supporting Actor in a Musical" (for Michael Jibson for his performance as King George, beating fellow nominated cast members Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September in the same category), "Best Theatre Choreographer" (for Andy Blankenbuehler), "Best Lighting Design," and "Best Sound Design".
Taking home the coveted Olivier trophy for "Best New Play" was Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, which is transferring to Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from October 2, 2018. The West End smash hit play also managed to take home the gongs for "Best Director" (for Sam Mendes) and "Best Actress" (for Laura Donnelly, who beat six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Olivier Award winner Lesley Maniville and four-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton in her category).
The National Theatre's production of Angels in America, currently playing at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway until July 1, managed to take home the Olivier for "Best Revival" and Denise Gough (currently reprising her role as Harper Pitt on Broadway) prevailed in the category of "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for her second Olivier Award win.
Other big winners of the night included the National Theatre's revival of Follies which took home the prizes for "Best Musical Revival" and "Best Costume Design", two actresses in Conor McPherson’s Bob Dylan musical The Girl from the North Country - Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim - who won the categories of "Best Actress in a Musical" and "Best Supporting Actress in a Musical," respectively, and Bryan Cranston, whose UK stage debut performance as Howard Beale in the National Theatre's production of Network earned him an Olivier Award for "Best Actor".