Two years after sweeping the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s musical “Hamilton” did the same at the British equivalent, the Olivier Awards, on April 8. It won seven of its record 13 bids, including Best Musical. While that haul matched that of another tuner, “Matilda,” it fell two short of the benchmark set last year by the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child“
On the play side, the big winner was Jez Butterworth‘s “The Ferryman,” a dark drama about the Irish troubles, which is set to come to Broadway in the fall. It only won three of its eight races but they were biggies: Best Play, Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best Actress (Laura Donnelly). Bryan Cranston claimed the Best Actor prize for the stage version of the 1976 Oscar-winning film “Network.” Peter Finch had won the Oscar for playing Howard Beale, a TV anchor gone mad.
“Hamilton” won Best Musical over four fierce rivals. Conor McPherson’s “Girl From The North Country,” which features songs by Bob Dylan, and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” both had five nominations. The race was rounded out by two other American imports: “An American In Paris” and “Young Frankenstein.”
“The Ferryman” faced off against a legit version of the Oscar-winning satire “Network”; James Graham‘s “Ink,” which documents the rise of Rupert Murdoch; and the American import “Oslo,” J. T. Rogers‘s look at the Middle East peace process in the 1990s.
Winners were announced in a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate. Unlike the Tony Awards, which are showcased live on CBS, the Olivier Awards gets only a clips package on ITV later that evening and a live feed on BBC Radio 2.