Hamilton leads nominations at Britain's Olivier theatre awards

Hamilton leads nominations at Britain's Olivier theatre awards

The seven wins did not beat Harry Potter And The Cursed Child's record haul of nine trophies a year ago, but was on par with the most awarded musical to date - Matilda.

Hip hop musical Hamilton took home seven trophies at the Olivier Awards in London, falling just short of a new record.

Although the production, which had received a record 13 nominations, could not top the haul received by the wizard past year, it was the big victor of the night, taking home seven awards.

It scooped the Best New Musical prize, with composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement in Music. Jamael Westman, in the title role, and Giles Terera as Aaron Burr are both nominated for best actor in a musical. Winners in most categories are chosen by a panel of stage professionals and theatregoers. 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 in Northern Ireland.

The National Theatre celebrated five awards, including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies. The results cast a wide net among recipients, which included best new play champion "The Ferryman", Jez Butterworth's thriller led by best director victor 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.

Bryan Cranston won the Best Actor award for "Network."

Bryan Cranston has won the best-actor prize at Britain's Olivier Awards for his performance in "Network".

The trophy for best actress in a musical went to Shirley Henderson for "Girl from the North Country".

James Graham's politics-themed "Labour of Love" was named best new comedy.

Gooding Jr.is now starring in a London revival of "Chicago", and is due to present an award at the Oliviers, Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards.

Named for the late British actor Laurence Olivier, the prizes honour achievements in London theatre, musicals, dance and opera.

"The strength of the movement is now so huge, I don't think women feel frightened anymore to come forward - and men, when they've been victims", actress Lesley Manville said at the ceremony.

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