The Ferryman And Hamilton Win Big At Olivier Awards 2018

Credit: Olivier Awards

This evening the best and the brightest of new theatre in London and the UK has been celebrated at London’s glittering Royal Albert Hall. The annual ceremony was presented by theatre and
Doctor Who star Catherine Tate. Attendees were supporting the #TimesUp movement and many of the attendees spoke on the red carpet about the time for change being here.

The Ferryman took home three awards, Best New Play, Best Director Sam Mendes, and Best Actress for Laura Donnelly whose family story was the inspiration for the play itself. Angels in America star Denise Gough won her second Olivier Award, adding to her Best Actress Olivier for People, Places & Things, with another stunning performance in a National Theatre production.

Hamilton took home a total of seven awards including Best Actor for Giles Terera, Best Actor in Supporting Role in a Musical for Michael Jibson and Best New Musical. Surprisingly new British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie came away empty handed.

Check out the full list of winners. We would love to know if your favourite shows or actors took home an award tonight.


American Airlines Best New Play

The Ferryman (WINNER)





Best New Comedy

Labour Of Love (WINNER)

Dry Powder  

Mischief Movie Night

The Miser


Best New Dance Production

Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite (WINNER)

Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company

Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter

Tree Of Codes by Wayne McGregor and The Paris Opera Ballet


Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps (WINNER)

Rocío Molina for pushing the boundary of flamenco in Fallen From Heaven (Caída Del Cielo)

Zenaida Yanowsky for her performance in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances


Best Entertainment and Family

Dick Whittington (WINNER)

David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny

Derren Brown: Underground

Five Guys Named Moe


Best Costume Design

Vicki Mortimer – Follies (WINNER)

Hugh Durrant – Dick Whittington

Roger Kirk – 42nd Street

Paul Tazewell – Hamilton


Best Sound Design

Nevin Steinberg – Hamilton (WINNER)

Tom Gibbons – Hamlet

Gareth Owen – Bat Out Of Hell The Musical

Eric Sleichim – Network


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Bertie Carvel – Ink (WINNER)

John Hodgkinson – The Ferryman

James McArdle – Angels In America

Peter Polycarpou – Oslo


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Denise Gough – Angels In America (WINNER)

Brid Brennan – The Ferryman

Dearbhla Molloy – The Ferryman

Imogen Poots – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Killology (WINNER)

The B*easts

The Red Lion

The Revlon Girl


Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions  – An American In Paris (WINNER)

Bunny Christie – Ink

Rob Howell  – The Ferryman

Vicki Mortimer – Follies


White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

Howell Binkley- Hamilton (WINNER)

Paule Constable – Angels In America

Paule Constable – Follies

Jan Versweyveld – Network


Best Actor

Bryan Cranston Network (WINNER)

Andrew Garfield – Angels in America

Andrew Scott – Hamlet

Paddy Considine – The Ferryman


Best Actress

Laura Donnelly – The Ferryman (WINNER)

Lesley Manville – Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Imelda Staunton – Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?


Best Director

Sam Mendes – The Ferryman (WINNER)

Dominic Cooke – Follies

Marianne Elliott – Angels In America

Rupert Goold – Ink

Thomas Kail – Hamilton


Best New Opera Production

Semiramide (WINNER)

La Bohème

The Exterminating Angel


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


Best Revival

Angels In America (WINNER)


Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Witness For The Prosecution


Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music

Hamilton – Composer-Lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire (WINNER)

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and Orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sells, his debut as a musical theatre composer and orchestrator

Follies – The Orchestra, under the Music Supervision of Nicholas Skilbeck and Music Director Nigel Lilley

Girl From The North Country – Music & Lyrics by Bob Dylan, Original Orchestrations & Arrangements by Simon Hale


Best Theatre Choreographer

Andy Blankenbuehler – Hamilton (WINNER)

Bill Deamer- Follies

Kate Prince – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Randy Skinner – 42nd Street

Christopher Wheeldon – An American In Paris


Magic Radio Best Musical Revival

42nd Street (WINNER)


On The Town


Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Michael Jibson – Hamilton (WINNER)

Ross Noble – Young Frankenstein

Jason Pennycooke – Hamilton

Cleve September – Hamilton


Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Sheila Atim – Girl From The North Country (WINNER)

Tracie Bennett – Follies

Rachel John – Hamilton

Lesley Joseph – Young Frankenstein


Best Actress in a Musical

Shirley Henderson  – Girl From The North Country (WINNER)

Janie Dee – Follies

Imelda Staunton – Follies

Josie Walker – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie


Best Actor in a Musical

Giles Terera –
Hamilton (WINNER)

John McCrea – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Ciarán Hinds – Girl From The North Country

Jamael Westman – Hamilton


Mastercard Best New Musical

Hamilton (WINNER)

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

An American In Paris

Girl From The North Country

Young Frankenstein


Congratulations to all the winners.

Kirsty Wallace
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