HAMILTON Wins Big At The 2018 Olivier Awards!
Those awards included Best New Musical, plus composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named Best Actor in a Musical, with Michael Jibson winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of King George III.
The musical, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, also went on to win Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.
The winners of the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, the UK's most prestigious stage honours, were announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London's Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Catherine Tate.
This year's ceremony will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 22:20. It will also broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on the Olivier Awards Facebook page. The Oliviers will broadcast in China via iQiyi on Tuesday 10 April.
The Ferryman collected three Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. Stage and film director, Sam Mendes, won Best Director, with Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress for her role in the Northern Irish drama set during The Troubles.
The National Theatre celebrated five awards, including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies. Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Angels In America. The production is currently playing in New York to great acclaim.
Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson's musical based on the work of Bob Dylan.
Bertie Carvel was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink, written by James Graham who won Best New Comedy for Labour Of Love.
The Royal Court's production of Killology won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre and Dick Whittington won Best Entertainment and Family.
In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production went to Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House. Francesca Velicu won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in English National Ballet's production of Pina Bausch's Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler's Wells.
The Royal Opera House won Best New Opera for Semiramide and Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona won Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their performances in Semiramide.
David Lan was this year's recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theatre, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity.
Performances on the night included American musical theatre legend Chita Rivera performing the iconic West Side Story track "Somewhere" with Andy Karl (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Groundhog Day), Adam J. Bernard (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Dreamgirls), and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London.
There was also a unique moment to honour the 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musical Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with past stars including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope.
There were also performances from nominated musicals including: Hamilton; Everybody's Talking About Jamie; Girl From The North Country, Young Frankenstein, Follies and 42nd Street.
Presenters this year included Alexandra Burke, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anne-Marie Duff, Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Frank DiLella, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Sheen, Ophelia Lovibond, Patti LuPone, Pearl Mackie and Sergei Polunin.
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy