Hamilton big winner at London's theater 'Oscars'

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The new American musical Hamilton collected seven awards Sunday in Britain's leading theater gongs, the Olivier Awards.

The musical, being staged at the West End's Victoria Palace theater, received 13 nominations, the highest ever in the history of the awards. It scooped the Best New Musical prize, with composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named Best Actor in a Musical, with Michael Jibson winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of King George III.

The musical, about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, also went on to win Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Theater Choreographer.

The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Established in 1976, the Olivier Awards celebrate London theater and are Britain's most prestigious stage honors, organised by the Society of London Theater (SOLT).

London's National Theater won five Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies. Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for his role in Network, and Denise Gough won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Angels In America.

The Ferryman collected three Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. Stage and film director, Sam Mendes, won Best Director with Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress for her role in the Northern Irish drama set during the troubles in Northern Ireland.

The Royal Opera House in London won Best New Opera for Semiramide, and Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona won Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their performances in Semiramide.

David Lan was this year's recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theater, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity. 

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