'Hamilton' Earns Record Number of Olivier Award Nominations

6:00 AM 3/6/2018

by Alex Ritman and David Rooney

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical scored 13 nominations, more than any other production in the Olivier's history.

Jamael Westman and the London cast of Hamilton'
Jamael Westman and the London cast of Hamilton'
Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

Hamilton's record breaking has continued across the Atlantic, with Lin-Manuel Miranda's revolutionary musical on Tuesday earning 13 nominations for the U.K.'s Olivier Awards, the most for any production in the London theater honors' history.  

The production — which opened in December at the West End's Victoria Palace Theater, where it's playing to sell-out houses — came away as the frontrunner for best new musical, also chalking up best actor nods for both Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton and Giles Terera as his adversary, Aaron Burr. Miranda himself bagged a nomination in the outstanding achievement in music category. 

While the robust London showing fell short of Hamilton's history-making 16 Tony nominations, the musical also scored three supporting actor and one supporting actress mentions, plus nominations for direction, theater choreography, lighting, costumes and sound.

Jez Butterworth's Northern Ireland-set The Ferryman led the new play contenders with eight nominations, including best direction for Sam Mendes and best actor for Paddy Considine. The production, which originated at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End, will open on Broadway in the fall.

The National Theatre revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, which is currently in previews on Broadway for a March 25 opening, also fared well with six nominations. Those include one for lead actor Andrew Garfield, who has transferred with the production to New York, along with much of the London cast.

Other notable nominations included Bryan Cranston (Network) and Andrew Scott (Hamlet), who join Garfield and Considine in the best actor in a play category, plus recent Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Long Day's Journey into Night), up for best actress in a play alongside Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman), Imelda Staunton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill). 

Among musical productions that scored multiple nominations in Hamilton's shadow is the National Theatre's revival of Follies with 10, including a second this year for five-time previous Olivier winner Staunton as best actress. The Old Vic's premiere of Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country, which features a score of Bob Dylan classics, earned five nominations, including lead acting slots for Ciaran Hinds and Shirley Henderson. That production has been widely tipped for a Broadway transfer next season. Also landing five noms was the popular hit Everybody's Talking About Jamie, an uplifting musical that began life at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, inspired by the real-life story of a gay 16-year-old boy determined to wear a dress to his school prom.

In the nonmusical stakes, the four nominations for director Ivo van Hove's reimagining of Network at the National should fuel ongoing speculation as to whether that media satire will make the jump to Broadway; much no doubt depends on Cranston's willingness to take on the physically and emotionally demanding role of unhinged newscaster Howard Beale for eight performances a week. Cranston won a lead actor in a play Tony Award in 2014, as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way.

Also earning four noms was Ink, playwright James Graham and director Rupert Goold's bracing ride through the early days in the late 1960s of Rupert Murdoch's reign on Fleet Street, when the Australian tycoon secured a foothold in the British press by buying and reinventing failing tabloid The Sun. That hit production premiered at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the West End. Its nominations included one for actor Bertie Carvel as Murdoch.

Competing alongside The Ferryman, Network and Ink for best new play honors is J.T. Rogers' political drama Oslo, last year's Tony winner for best play, which transferred to a sold-out run at the National and from there to the West End. Rogers currently is penning a screenplay based on the work, with Marc Platt attached to produce the film adaptation and original stage helmer Bartlett Sher on board to make his feature directing debut.

The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on April 8, in a ceremony hosted by Catherine Tate.

See the full list of nominations below.

  • Best New Musical

    'Hamilton'
    'Hamilton'
    Dave Benett/Getty Images

    Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre - WINNER

    An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

    
Girl From the North Country at The Old Vic


    
Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre

  • Best New Play

    Laura Donnelly and Paddy Considine in 'The Ferryman'
    Laura Donnelly and Paddy Considine in 'The Ferryman'
    Courtesy of Johan Persson

    The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre - WINNER

    Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre


    Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton


    Oslo at Harold Pinter Theatre

  • Best Musical Revival

    'Follies'
    'Follies'
    Courtesy of Johan Persson

    Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
 - WINNER

    42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

    On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

  • Best Play Revival

    'Angels in America'
    'Angels in America'
    Helen Maybanks

    Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton - WINNER

    Hamlet at Almeida Theatre


    Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre

    
Witness For The Prosecution at London County Hall

  • Best New Comedy

    'Labour of Love'
    'Labour of Love'
    Johan Persson

    
Labour Of Love at Noel Coward Theatre - WINNER

    Dry Powder at Hampstead Theatre

    
Mischief Movie Night at Arts Theatre

    
The Miser at Garrick Theatre

  • Best Actor in a Musical

    'Hamilton'
    'Hamilton'
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
 - WINNER

    Ciaran Hinds for Girl From the North Country at The Old Vic


    John McCrea for Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre


    Jamael Westman for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

  • Best Actress in a Musical

    From left: Sheila Atim and Shirley Henderson in 'Girl from the North Country'
    From left: Sheila Atim and Shirley Henderson in 'Girl from the North Country'
    Courtesy of Manuel Harlan

    
Shirley Henderson for Girl From the North Country at The Old Vic - WINNER

    Janie Dee for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

    
Imelda Staunton for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

    
Josie Walker for Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

  • Best Actor in a Play

    Bryan Cranston in 'Network'
    Bryan Cranston in 'Network'
    Courtesy of Jan Versweyveld

    
Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton

    Paddy Considine for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

    
Andrew Garfield for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton


    Andrew Scott for Hamlet at Almeida Theatre

  • Best Actress in a Play

    'The Ferryman'
    'The Ferryman'
    Courtesy of Johan Persson

    Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre - WINNER

    
Lesley Manville for Long Day's Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre

    
Audra McDonald for Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill at Wyndham's Theatre

    
Imelda Staunton for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

    Michael Jibson in 'Hamilton'
    Michael Jibson in 'Hamilton'
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre - WINNER

    
Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre


    Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


    Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

    'Girl from the North Country'
    'Girl from the North Country'
    Courtesy of Manuel Harlan

    Sheila Atim for Girl From the North Country at The Old Vic - WINNER

    
Tracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

    
Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


    Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play

    From left: Bertie Carvel, Geoffrey Freshwater and Richard Coyle in 'Ink'
    From left: Bertie Carvel, Geoffrey Freshwater and Richard Coyle in 'Ink'
    Courtesy Photo

    Bertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre - WINNER

    
John Hodgkinson for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre


    James McArdle for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton

    
Peter Polycarpou for Oslo at Harold Pinter Theatre

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play

    Denise Gough in 'Angels in America'
    Denise Gough in 'Angels in America'
    Helen Maybanks

    
Denise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton
m - WINNER

    Bríd Brennan for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

    Dearbhla Molloy for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

    
Imogen Poots for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre

  • Best Director

    'The Ferryman'
    'The Ferryman'
    Courtesy of Johan Persson

    
Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre - WINNER

    Dominic Cooke for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier


    Marianne Elliott for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton


    Rupert Goold for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre

    
Thomas Kail for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music

    'Hamilton'
    'Hamilton'
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Hamilton - composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alex Lacamoire at Victoria Palace Theatre - WINNER

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie - music and orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sells, his debut as a musical theatre composer and orchestrator at Apollo Theatre


    Follies - the orchestra, under the music supervision of Nicholas Skilbeck and Music Director Nigel Lilley at National Theatre – Olivier

    
Girl From the North Country - music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, original orchestrations and arrangements by Simon Hale at The Old Vic


  • Best Theater Choreographer

    'Hamilton'
    'Hamilton'
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre - WINNER

    
Bill Deamer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier


    Kate Prince for Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

    
Randy Skinner for 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

    
Christopher Wheeldon for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

  • Best Set Design

    'An American in Paris'
    'An American in Paris'
    Matthew Murphy

    Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre - WINNER

    Bunny Christie for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre


    
Rob Howell for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

    
Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

  • Best Costume Design

    'Follies'
    'Follies'
    Courtesy of Johan Persson

    
Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier
 - WINNER

    Hugh Durrant for Dick Whittington at London Palladium

    
Roger Kirk for 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

    Paul Tazewell for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

  • Best Lighting Design

    'Hamilton'
    'Hamilton'
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre - WINNER

    
Paule Constable for Angels In America at National Theatre - Lyttelton


    Paule Constable for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

    
Jan Versweyveld for Network at National Theatre - Lyttelton

  • Best Sound Design

    'Hamilton'
    'Hamilton'
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre - WINNER

    Tom Gibbons for Hamlet at Almeida Theatre


    Gareth Owen for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical at London Coliseum

    
Eric Sleichim for Network at National Theatre - Lyttelton


  • Best Entertainment and Family

    Dick Whittington at London Palladium - WINNER

    David Walliams' Gangsta Granny at Garrick Theatre

    
Derren Brown: Underground at Playhouse Theatre


    
Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre

  • Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theater

    Killology at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre
 - WINNER

    The B*easts at Bush Theatre


    The Red Lion at Trafalgar Studios 2


    The Revlon Girl at Park Theatre

  • Best New Dance Production

    Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite at Royal Opera House
 - WINNER

    Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells

    
Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter at Sadler’s Wells


    Tree Of Codes by Wayne McGregor and The Paris Opera Ballet at Sadler’s Wells

  • Outstanding Achievement in Dance

    Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells
 - WINNER

    Rocio Molina for pushing the boundary of flamenco in Fallen From Heaven (Caida Del Cielo) at Barbican Theatre

    Zenaida Yanowsky for her performance in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances at Royal Opera House

  • Best New Opera Production

    Semiramide at Royal Opera House - WINNER

    La Boheme at Trafalgar Studios 2


    The Exterminating Angel at Royal Opera House


  • Outstanding Achievement in Opera

    Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide at Royal Opera House - WINNER

    Paul Brown for his set and costume designs for Iolanthe at London Coliseum


    
Roderick Williams for his performance in The Royal Opera’s The Return Of Ulysses at the Roundhouse