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Big wins for The Ferryman at the 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards

Tuesday, 10th Apr 2018

The Ferryman - Gielgud Theatre

Whilst much of the press on Sunday’s Olivier Awards has been related to Hamilton, another big winner was The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth’s fantastic play that originally starred Paddy Considine when it opened at the Gielgud Theatre.

The show managed to pick up its own awards during the course of the evening, with the Royal Albert Hall providing the location for events for the second year in a row.

It won Best New Play, Best Actress for Laura Donnelly and Best Director for Sam Mendes, with various other categories offering further nominations as well.

The Ferryman is set in Derry in the early 1980s and tells the story of the Carney family, made up of Quinn, Caitlin and Mary, as they prepare their farm for the upcoming harvest. Their farm has been the location of lots of hard work in preparation already, so they expect it to go to plan, but they don’t reckon upon the latest development that takes things in a different direction.

But Hamilton was indeed the big talking-point. Ever since it first debuted on Broadway, the musical has been one of the most talked-about musicals in the world and this has been reflected not only in the audience and critic reaction, but also in its numerous awards, including various Tonys.

Its latest night of triumph means that Hamilton now has another ceremony to add to its list of dominations.

The popular musical won seven awards during the course of the night, including Best Actor in a Musical for Giles Terera, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Jibson, Best New Musical, Outstanding Achievement in Music for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Best Theatre Choreographer for Andy Blankenbuehler, Best Lighting Design for Howard Binkley and Best Sound Design for Nevin Steinberg. It was nominated in a further three categories.

Hamilton is booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre for performances up to Saturday 15th December 2018, whilst The Ferryman is booking at the Gielgud Theatre for performances up to Saturday 19th May 2018.

Other shows that won at last night’s ceremony include Girl From the North Country at the Old Vic Theatre, Network at the National Theatre, Follies at the National Theatre, Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre and An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre, amongst others.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.