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The biggest night in British theater, the Olivier Awards, took place on a rain-soaked Sunday at London's Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Catherine Tate.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton went into the evening with 13 nominations, the most for any production in the honors' 42-year history; all eyes were on the revolutionary musical as it looked to break the record set by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which won nine Oliviers in 2017.
In the end, while Hamilton dominated proceedings, it had to make do with seven wins, equaling the 2012 haul of Matilda for the most awards received by a musical. Those honors included new musical, outstanding achievement in music for composer Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, lead actor in a musical for Giles Terera as Aaron Burr (the same role that won Leslie Odom Jr. the corresponding Tony Award), and supporting actor for Michael Jibson's haughty King George.
However, Hamilton's Thomas Kail lost out in the best directing race to Sam Mendes for Jez Butterworth's modern Irish pastoral, The Ferryman, which is scheduled to transfer to Broadway in the fall. That best play winner also snagged lead actress honors for Laura Donnelly.
The award for play revival went to Marianne Elliott's staging of the landmark Tony Kushner epic Angels in America, which began life at the National Theatre and has since transferred to Broadway, making it a contender also for the Tony Awards in June. The production stars Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and Denise Gough, the latter winning the Olivier for supporting actress.
Another show tipped for a Broadway move is the Bob Dylan musical Girl From the North Country, which scored lead actress and featured actress in a musical for Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim, respectively. The National's lauded production of the 1971 Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman classic, Follies, won for best musical revival.
Bryan Cranston nabbed best actor in a play for his combustible take on the iconic character Howard Beale, the "mad prophet of the airwaves," in director Ivo van Hove and playwright Lee Hall's bold stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's Network, which also premiered at the National. That win stands only to heighten speculation as to whether Cranston — who won a Tony for his 2014 Broadway debut in All the Way — will return to the New York stage in this physically and emotionally demanding role.
The Olivier for best new comedy went to prolific playwright James Graham's latest irreverent look at British political life, Labour of Love, while another new work from Graham, Ink, earned Bertie Carvel supporting actor in a play honors for his role as Rupert Murdoch in that boisterous account of the media tycoon's early Fleet Street conquest.
See the full list of winners below.
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