Bertie Carvel and The Ferryman among big British winners at the Tony Awards

Tony Awards

Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman was one of the big winners at last night’s Tony Awards which highlighted some of the best British exports on Broadway of the past year. 

The Ferryman, which began life at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End, won the award for best play, while Sam Mendes took home best direction of a play, and Rob Howell was a double-winner for both best scenic design and best costume design of a play. 

It is the second time a play produced by Sonia Friedman won the award for best play following last year’s success with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

Another play produced by Friedman, Ink (which premiered at the Almeida before a West End transfer), took home two more awards: Bertie Carvel won best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play for his portrayal of Rupert Murdoch in James Graham’s play, and Neil Austin won best lighting design. 

The National Theatre’s co-production of Hadestown took home best musical and Anaïs Mitchell won best score written for the theatre, while André De Shields won best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play. The musical also won awards for best direction of a musical (Rachel Chavkin), and the awards for best scenic, lighting and sound design of a musical. 

Bryan Cranston repeated his feat at last year’s Olivier awards by winning the award for best actor in a leading role in a play for his performance in the National’s production of Network

Elsewhere, Tootsie - based on the 1982 Dustin Hoffman film of the same name - won the award for best book of a musical, The Boys in the Band took home the award for best revival of a play, and Oklahoma! won best revival of a musical. 

The awards, which took place at Radio City Music Hall, were hosted by British actor and writer-turned-talk show host James Corden. 

For full coverage of this year’s Tony Awards, click here to read a full list of winners at the New York Theatre Guide. 

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