Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Full Casting for the American Premiere of INK



Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced the  full casting for the American premiere of INK, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham (Labour of Love, Privacy, Finding Neverland) and directed by two-time Olivier Award winner, Tony and BAFTA Award nominee Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold (King Charles III).

Joining the previously announced Olivier Award winners Bertie Carvel and Jonny Lee Miller are David Wilson Barnes (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Bill Buell (The History Boys), Andrew Durand (Head Over Heels), Eden Marryshow (Broadway Debut), Colin McPhillamy (The Ferryman), Erin Neufer (Broadway Debut), Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde), Rana Roy (Broadway Debut), Michael Siberry(Junk), Robert Stanton (Saint Joan), and Tara Summers (The Hard Problem).

Two-time Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel (Matilda) will reprise his Olivier Award-winning performance as Rupert Murdoch and Olivier Award winner Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary,” Frankenstein) will play the editor of The Sun, Larry Lamb.

The creative team for INK includes Bunny Christie (scenic & costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Adam Cork (original music & sound design), Jon Driscoll (projection design), Lynne Page(choreographer & movement director), Ben Furey (dialect coach) and Julie McBride (music director).

INK will begin previews Tuesday, April 2 prior to a Wednesday, April 24 opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 26.

INK earned unanimous raves from London’s top theatre critics, including The Times, Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, Time Out, Daily Express, Daily Mail, City A.M. and The Stage.

It’s 1969 London.  The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London’s West End, James Graham’s electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold. In its London run, The Guardian called it “riveting,” and Time Out hailed it as “an incredibly brilliant stunner.”

INK is produced with the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Lead production support for INK is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Additional support provided by Gary L. Churgin, a Producing Fund Partner.


Tickets for INK are available at, by calling 212-239-6200, or by visiting The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office at 261 West 47th Street. Joining MTC’s season of plays is easy! Just visit, or call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050.

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Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives;Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proofby David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’tMisbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit


Wilton’s Music Hall announce Autumn season with ENO, James Graham’s SKETCHING and the return of Christmas classic The Box Of Delights



Wilton’s Music Hall today announces its stunning autumn season, which sees collaborations with forward-thinking theatre companies, era-defining playwrights and prestigious institutions. Continuing what has been an incredible year of theatre for Europe’s oldest music hall, this new season is set to be the best yet.

For the first time in its history, English National Opera will perform a piece at Wilton’s Music Hall as they present Paul Bunyan (3-5 and 7 – 8 September), Benjamin Britten’s retelling of the legend of the mythical giant, as part of its ENO Studio Live series. The initiative seeks to present the immense power of opera in intimate theatre environments, and the chance to see an iconic piece in such an atmospheric venue will be unmissable.

From one classic reimagining to another, the renowned Watermill Theatre brings its bold and beautiful retelling of Twelfth Night (12 – 22 September) to the magical surroundings of Wilton’s by way of a 1920’s speakeasy. Renowned for its progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, Watermill Theatre have set this classic tale in the Roaring Twenties, where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war. Following a hugely successful UK and international tour and set against a soundtrack of energetic jazz music, the ensemble reunites to create a dizzying and glorious production.

Wilton’s are delighted to welcome Olivier Award-winning playwright James Graham (Ink, This House, Quiz) with his brand-new multi-authored play SKETCHING, presented by Bozco Ltd. in association with Wilton’s Music Hall (26 September – 27 October). Inspired by Dickens’ first novel Sketches by Boz, the piece sets out to explore the diversity and intricate stories that make up London, using eight emerging writers picked out from a submission list of over 800 applicants who will co-author the works led and crafted by Graham. Directed by Thomas Hescott (Tory Boyz, The Act, Outings), this is a unique and observant piece celebrating the rich patchwork of people and narratives that make up our beloved capital. Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

Stephen Macdonald’s acclaimed production Not About Heroes (31 October – 11 November) is a tale of friendship, joy and loss, exploring the relationship between two of the most celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon who met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This strictly limited London run concludes an acclaimed two-year tour, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice. Flying Bridge Theatre Company partners with Wilton’s Associate Artists and Olivier Award winners Seabright Productions to present this enduringly powerful love letter to poetry and the strength of the human spirit.

Making their Wilton’s debut from 13 – 17 November are the ingenious BalletBoyz with Young Men, a poignant and powerful hybrid of live dance and film bringing to life their Rose d’Or award-winning film which chronicles the experiences of those sent to fight in The Great War. Performing to an evocative and mesmeric score by cult singer/songwriter Keaton Henson with choreography by Iván Pérez, the BalletBoyz dancers burst from screen onto stage as the two genres beautifully intertwine.

A glorious fusion of theatre, cabaret and drag, Dietrich: Natural Duty (19 – 24 November) is an intoxicating one (wo)man show revealing the life of a legend, Marlene Dietrich. In her gold sequinned gown on the battlefields of Africa in 1942, she takes to the stage to fight the war her way; with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy. Following a highly-acclaimed Edinburgh Festival run and sold out shows at VAULT festival, it’s time for audiences to fall in love with her all over again…

Explore a world of magic, sorcerers, flying cars and festive delight as the critically acclaimed production The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield (30 November – 5 January) returns, a Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions co-production. Schoolboy Kay Harker is entrusted with a magical box after a mysterious meeting on his train home for the holidays; he is drawn into an ancient magical struggle which will see him fighting not just for his life but to save Christmas itself. Back by popular demand after its debut last year, this enthralling festive tale returns for a limited run of 45 performances. Watch out, Kay Harker, for the wolves are running…

In the rest of a jam-packed season, Wilton’s sees the return of the uproarious, good old-fashioned knees up that is Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long (6 August), showings of silent classics with the Pie Face Silent Comedy Film Festival (7-10 August) and the always wonderful OneTrackMinds (6 September) where a vibrant selection of writers, musicians and thinkers celebrate the power of music by sharing stories about the one song that changed their life.

Joining them will be the exceptionally popular Dead Poets Live presents Bob Dylan: The Words of the Songs (5 November) performed by none other than British acting legend Toby Jones and for a festive cabaret experience, join Nicky Gayner and her band for Nicky Gayner’s Unashamedly Christmas (21 December), a show brimming with sparkling fun and festive ditties, old time classics, cheeky pop hits and of course a few unexpected treats from the bottom of her stocking. For younger theatre goers, 22 and 23 November sees the return of Chickenshed presents Tales from the Shed, a vibrant, interactive show packed full of silliness and fun for kids aged 0 – 6.


Listings Information

Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long

Dates: 6th August

Times: 8pm

Prices: £6.50 – £16, no concessions

The Lucky Dog Picturehouse presents

Pie Face Silent Comedy Film Festival

Dates: 7th – 10th August

Times: 7.30pm

Prices: £10 full price, £8 concessions


ENO Studio Live presents Paul Bunyan

Dates: 3rd – 5th & 7th – 8th September

Times: 7.30pm; 2pm matinee & 7pm performance Saturday

Prices: £17.50 – £32.50 full price, £15 – £30 concessions


Dates: 6th September

Times:  7.30pm

Prices: £5 – £12 full price, £3 – £10 concessions


The Watermill Theatre Presents Twelfth Night

Dates: 12th – 22nd September

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30 Thursday & Saturday matinees

Prices: £12.50 – £27.50 full price, £10 – £25 concessions


Bozco Ltd, in association with Wilton’s Music Hall, presents Sketching by James Graham

Dates: 26th September – 27th October

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30pm Saturday matinees

Prices: £9 – £35 full price, £7 – £33 concessions


Flying Bridge Theatre Company and Seabright Productions presents Not About Heroes

Dates: 31st October – 11th November

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30pm ThursdaySaturday & Sunday matinees

Prices: £12.50 – £25 full price, £10 – £22.50 concessions


Dead Poets Live presents Bob Dylan: The Words of the Songs

Dates: 5th November

Times: 7.30pm

Prices: £12.50 – £25 full price, £10 – £22.50 concessions


BalletBoyz: Young Men

Dates: 13th – 17th November

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30pm Saturday matinee

Prices: £15 – £27.50 full price, £12.50 – £25 concessions


Dietrich: Natural Duty

Dates: 19th – 24th November

Times: 7.45pm; 3pm Thursday & Saturday matinees; 6.30pm & 8.30pm on Friday

Prices: £12.50 – £22.50 full price, £10 – £20 concessions


Chickenshed presents Tales from the Shed

Dates: 22nd & 23rd November

Times: 11.30am

Prices: £6 (£5 for education groups, free for babies under 6 months)


Nicky Gayner’s Unashamedly Christmas

Dates: 21st December

Times: 1.30pm

Prices: £5 – £17.50 full price, £3 – £15.50 concessions


Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions present The Box of Delights by Piers Torday, based on the novel by John Masefield


Dates: 30th November – 5th January

Times: 7.30pm Mondays-Saturdays, 2.30pm matinees

Prices: £12.50 – £35 full price, £10 – £30 concessions


School packages available, including a free teacher ticket for every 10 pupil tickets booked

Recommended age 7+


James Graham’s Sketching to open at Wilton’s this autumn

James Graham
James Graham

James Graham

Oliver Award-winning playwright James Graham and director Thomas Hescott are seeking new and undiscovered writers to collaborate on a uniquely multi-authored play this autumn.

 James Graham’s SKETCHING will be staged at Wilton’s Music Hall from Wednesday 26 September – Saturday 27 October, with a press night on Tuesday 2 October.

Taking inspiration from Sketches by Boz, Charles Dickens’ first novel which chronicled all walks of Victorian London Life, Graham and Hescott want to hear from emerging talents – particularly those currently underrepresented in the industry – with exciting and innovative story and character ideas. Successful applicants will receive £1,000 for their story, as well as expenses to attend a masterclass week with professional artists and writers.

James Graham said, “We’re all aware of the growing deficit of opportunities for emerging artists from working class, regional backgrounds. We know there are far too few writers finding stages who are women or people of colour, a mix of nationalities and faiths. We’re looking for a team of writers to contribute strands, to help us work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.”

Thomas Hescott said, “You don’t have to have read or seen any Charles Dickens. What you may know, though, is that he wrote BIG STORIES. Life and death. Heroes and villains. High stakes, wants and needs. Who are the modern day pickpockets, money-lenders, street-sellers and Christmas Ghosts? You don’t have to know the entire plot yet. We just want an exciting ‘proposition’.”

The deadline for submissions is 1 JUNE 2018 with further information here

Sketches by Boz (1836) was Charles Dickens’ first novel (published under the pen-name ‘Boz’). The book is a richly varied collection of observations and fantasies about London and the people who inhabited it in the 19th Centuryin honest and visionary descriptions of everyday life and people

James Graham has enjoyed huge critical success as a playwright and writer for TV and film. Following a sold out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, his most recent play,QUIZ, a provocative new play about Charles Ingram, the man convicted of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, is now running at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2017, his play Ink opened to critical acclaim at the Almeida and transferred to the West End in September 2017, where it played in the theatre next door to another of his plays Labour of Love – creating theatre history.

 Director Thomas Hescott has previously collaborated with James Graham on Tory Boyzin the West End. He is the co-author of Outings, which toured nationally. He co-wrote and directed The Act for Ovalhouse, which subsequently transferred to the West End. His production of Wolves at the Window transferred from the Arcola Theatre, to 59E59, Off Broadway, and he was named on the BBC’s Hot List of New Talent. He is Executive Director of Stage Directors UK.

Further details and casting to be announced.

Tickets for James Graham’s SKETCHING go on general sale at 10am on Friday 17 May, and can be purchased at

Last chance to see James Graham’s This House at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

James Graham
James Graham

James Graham © Johan Persson

There are just six performances remaining for This House, James Graham’s smash-hit political drama examining the 1974 hung parliament, playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until Saturday 21 April.

James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974… The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and back biting as Britain’s political parties’ battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

 In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, when votes are won or lost by one, there are fist fights in the parliamentary bars, high-stakes tricks and games are played, and sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread. This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes; the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

James Graham said, ‘It’s long been an ambition to take This House to all of the places that get named in the play. It’s always felt like a national play. Even though we set in in the corridors of Westminster, it feels like a cross-section of regions, people and classes across the country who converge in this building every week and represent their constituencies. And this was the watershed parliament, leading up to 1979 when everything – for better or for worse, depending on your politics! – changed forever, no matter where you’re from…’

Jeremy Herrin said, ‘It’s brilliant to be able to tour This House around the UK, as it’s a national story with people from all across the country, with a range of accents and classes at the heart of it. The comedy in This House gives a unique experience to each city and audience it visits. We were lucky enough to connect with some of the audiences we’ll be visiting with our NT Live broadcast of This House, so 5 years on, it’s a delight now to share the production on stage’.

The cast – who play a colourful host of MPs and Whips – is Ian Barritt (Batley & Morley/Woolwich West/Belfast North/Western Isles & Ensemble), William Chubb (Humphrey Atkins), Giles Cooper (Fred Silvester), Stephen Critchlow (Bromsgrove/Abingdon/Liverpool Edge Hill/Paisley/Fermanagh & Ensemble), James Gaddas (Walter Harrison), Natalie Grady (Ann Taylor), Ian Houghton (Armagh, Ambulance Man, Ensemble), David Hounslow (Joe Harper), Marcus Hutton (Ensemble), Harry Kershaw (Paddington South/Chelmsford/South Ayrshire/Henley/Marioneth /Coventry North West/Rushcliffe/Perry Barr & Ensemble), Louise Ludgate (Rochester & Chatham/Welwyn & Hatfield/Coventry South West/Ilford North/Lady Batley & Ensemble), Geoffrey Lumb (Clockmaker/Peebles/Redditch/Stirlingshire West/Clerk & Ensemble), Nicholas Lumley (Oxshott/Belfast West/St Helens & Ensemble), Martin Marquez (Bob Mellish), Matthew Pidgeon (Jack Weatherill), Miles Richardson (Speaker Act I/Mansfield/Sergeant at Arms Act II/West Lothian & Ensemble), Tony Turner (Michael Cocks), Orlando Wells (Walsall North/Plymouth Sutton/Serjeant at Arms Act I/Speaker Act II/Caernarfon/Clerk & Ensemble) and Charlotte Worthing (Ensemble). Ian Houghton, David Hounslow, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells return to This House having previously appeared in the West End production.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle, the production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable and Ben Pickersgill on tour, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson.

This House is produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong.

James Graham is also taking part in The Big Arts and Education Debate, a symposium for teachers, practitioners, educators and young people to debate the urgent issue of creative arts provision in schools on Friday 20 April at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Joining James on the panel will be Ammo Talwar MBE, CEO of Punch Records, Christine Quinn, West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner, Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre, Indu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle Theatre), Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills, Sam Cairns, Co-Director of Cultural Learning Alliance and Tim Boyes CEO of Birmingham Education Partnership. The Big Arts and Education Debate will be chaired by Steve Ball, Associate Director at The REP, and theatre practitioner, Carl Woodward. Book online or call the box office 0121 236 4455.

UK Theatre and Education Industries Debate Urgent Issue of Creative Arts Provision – Friday 20 April, Birmingham

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Roxana Silbert

Roxana Silbert

The full line up for the Big Arts and Education Debate has been confirmed. On Friday 20 April, leading figures from the worlds of theatre and education will meet to debate the urgent issue regarding the reduction in creative arts provision in schools across the UK.

The Big Arts and Education Debate will welcome teachers, practitioners, educators and young people and will be opened by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert.

Representing the arts will be Olivier Award-winning playwright, James Graham; Head of UK Theatre, Cassie Chadderton, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham and Punch Record’s CEO, Ammo Talwar. Representatives from the education sector include Pauline Tamblin, Chief Executive of Creative and Cultural Skills, Christine Quinn, West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner, Sam Cairns, Cultural Learning Alliance and Tim Boyes, CEO of Birmingham Education Partnership.   Chairing the debate will be Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, alongside Carl Woodward, Media and Learning Specialist.

As part of the debate, Marilyn Rice, Producer of Education, Lyric Hammersmith and Romana Flello from the Royal Court Theatre will present the findings of the London Theatre Consortium Education symposium held earlier this year.

Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:

“We’re looking forward to bringing together the worlds of theatre and education to discuss the issues surrounding creative arts provision in schools.  Since 2010 there has been a 28% drop in the number of children taking creative GCSEs, with a similar drop in the number of creative arts teachers being trained. These diminishing opportunities for children and young people are a real concern and we hope that by the end of the debate to have established some recommendations for improvement.”

Carl Woodward also said:

“To deprive state educated children the opportunities to pursue a career in the arts is nothing short of perverse. The Big Arts and Education Debate is a prophetic and practical opportunity to come together to address this very serious situation. We very much look forward to seeing what recommendations and solutions that we can achieve together.”

The Big Arts and Education Debate takes place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 April, 2pm – 5pm.  Tickets £10 / £5 concessions are available from / 0121 236 4455.

 Olivier Awards 2018 Winners Announced

Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards

  • Hamilton Wins 7 awards including Best New Musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement In Music and Giles Terera and Michael Jibson winning Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively
  • The Ferryman wins 3 awards including Best New Play with Sam Mendes winning Best Director and Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress
  • The National Theatre celebrates 5 Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies with Bryan Cranston winning Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Angels In America
  • Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim win Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country
  • Bertie Carvel wins Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink written by James Graham, who wins best Best New Comedy For Labour Of Love

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours, were announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.  The full list of winners is available below and online at

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 22:20. It will also broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on the Olivier Awards Facebook page.  The Oliviers will broadcast in China via iQiyi on Tuesday 10 April.

New American musical Hamilton collected seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical 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 Theatre Choreographer.

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.

The National Theatre celebrate 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 production is currently playing in New York to great acclaim.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson’s musical based on the work of Bob Dylan.

Bertie Carvel was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink, written by James Graham who won Best New Comedy for Labour Of Love.

The Royal Court’s production of Killology won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre and Dick Whittington won Best Entertainment and Family.

In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production went to Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House.  Francesca Velicu won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells.

The Royal Opera House 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 theatre, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity.

Performances on the night included American musical theatre legend Chita Rivera performing the iconic West Side Story track Somewhere with Andy Karl (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Groundhog Day), Adam J. Bernard (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Dreamgirls), and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London.  There was also a unique moment to honour the 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with past stars including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope. There were also performances from nominated musicals including: HamiltonEverybody’s Talking About Jamie; Girl From The North Country, Young Frankenstein, Follies and 42nd Street.

Presenters this year included Alexandra Burke, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anne-Marie Duff,  Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Frank DiLella, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Sheen, Ophelia Lovibond, Patti LuPone, Pearl Mackie and Sergei Polunin.



The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre


Labour Of Love at Noël Coward Theatre


Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House


Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells


Dick Whittington at London Palladium


Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier


Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Bertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre


Denise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton


Killology at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, a co-production with Sherman Theatre Cardiff


Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre


Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton


Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre


Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre


Semiramide at Royal Opera House


Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide at Royal Opera House


Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton


Hamilton – Composer-Lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Orchestrator: Alex Lacamoire at Victoria Palace Theatre


Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Follies at National Theatre – Olivier


Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre


Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre


Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


David Lan