Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical leads the nominations for this year's Olivier Awards
Hamilton has broken another record following the release of the 2018 Olivier Awards nominations.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical debuted in 2015 at New York’s Public Theatre and has since gone on to win countless awards including 11 Tonys, a Grammy, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for its creator.
The nominations for the Oliviers were announced by Elaine Page and Alexandra Burke via a Facebook Live broadcast today (March 6). Hamilton gained a record-breaking 13 nominations, surpassing Hairspray and Harry Potter And The Cursed Child‘s 11 each in 2008 and 2017 respectively. Miranda’s production is now the most nominated in history.
Three of the show’s actors – Michael Jibson, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September – are up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Rachel John is also nominated for Best Actresss in a Supporting Role in a Musical, while Giles Terera and Jamael Westman are in the running for Best Actor in a Musical.
Miranda could walk away from the Royal Albert Hall on April 8 with the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music. He will compete against the productions Everybody’s Talking About Jami, Follies, and Girl From The North Country.
Elsewhere, Hamilton is up for Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Theatre Choreographer, and Best New Musical. It is eligible for the latter as the Olivier Awards recognise only theatre in London. Hamilton opened in the capital for previews on December 6, 2017, before regular showings began at the Victoria Palace Theatre on December 21.
Speaking to NME before Hamilton opened in London, Miranda described the UK cast as “incredible”. “They’re very aware that they’re the first company to represent Hamilton to the world outside the US, and that comes with enormous pride and responsibility,” he said. “I’ve just been enormously proud of the job my creative team has done, and proud of this incredible company.”