It was a great night for British Theatre at the 69th Tony Awards held in New York last night. Both actors and plays were recognised for excellence in Broadway and regional productions.
Dame Helen Mirren won her first ever Tony as she was named best actress for her portrayal of the Queen in The Audience, which has already had a successful run in London and is a fictional portrayal of the private meetings between the Queen and her prime ministers over 6 decades.
Mirren beat fellow British actresses Carey Mulligan and Ruth Wilson for the top prize.
Other British winners included Alex Sharp (Best Actor) and Marianne Elliot (Best Director) for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which was also named Best Play, Best Scenic Design & Best Lighting Design. The stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel was developed at the National Theatre in London before transferring to Broadway.
Another British winner at the awards was Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan which won Best Revival.
However, the RSC’s double bill of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies had cause for slight disappointment after being nominated for eight awards and in the end, came away with only one prize for Best Costume design.
All in all, a brilliant night for British theatrical talent!!