Hip hop musical Hamilton dominates Olivier Awards

Hip hop musical Hamilton swept the board at the Olivier Awards, picking up seven honours from its 13 nominations.

The West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show about US founding father Alexander Hamilton won best new musical and outstanding achievement in music.

Miranda was jointly awarded the outstanding achievement in music prize with orchestrator Alex Lacamoire.

Giles Terera (pictured left) won best actor in a musical for his role as Hamilton’s nemesis, Aaron Burr.

Hamilton’s other awards include best supporting actor in a musical Michael Jibson (pictured right), who plays King George III, as well as best theatre choreographer, best lighting design and best sound design.

Despite being the biggest winner of the night, it failed to break the record for most Olivier Awards set by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last year when it won nine.

The Ferryman picked up three awards, as it won best new play and best director for Sam Mendes, and Laura Donnelly was named best actress.

The drama is set in County Armagh in 1981, against the backdrop of The Troubles.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston took the best actor prize for Network, for his portrayal of Howard Beale in the National Theatre production.

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard were announced on April 8 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Catherine Tate.

Tickets for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre are on sale for performances up to December 2018.

The Ferryman will play its final performance at the Gielgud Theatre on May 19, ahead of its Broadway transfer.

Pictured: Hamilton stars Giles Terera (left), and Michael Jibson with their awards. Credit: Pamela Raith.

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