The Brits are celebrating after conquering the world — the New York theater world that is. On Sunday night, a host of British actors and plays took home key prizes from the 2015 Tony Awards, including best play, best leading actress in a play, best leading actor in a play and best director of a play.
Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe both won trophies (leading actress and featured actor, respectively) for their performances as the Queen and one of her prime ministers in The Audience.scored the best actress win for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, while Alex Sharp won best actor in a play and Marianne Elliott took best directing of a play both for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was also happened to be named best play.
The British wins didn’t stop there: Skylight, which initially ran in London’s West End in 2014 and stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, took the Tony for best revival of a play. Best choreography went to Brit Christopher Wheeldon for the musical An American in Paris and and Wolf Hall Parts One & Two was recognized for best costume design.
“This really was a year for the British to celebrate,” crowed the BBC’s Tom Brook after the awards ceremony. “The year’s Tony Awards results were a reflection of the strength, diversity and vibrancy of British theater and its ability to make an impact both artistically and commercially overseas.” Meanwhile both Sky News and the Daily Telegraph crowed that Mirren was the “Queen of Broadway.”
Though the U.K. press proudly splashed on the British success at the annual theater awards, for the most part the players themselves seemed humbled by the wins. Discussing her win with the BBC, Mirren chalked it up as “becoming a part of the American theater in a very, very small way.”
Yet Brits on social media were also quick to celebrate the sweep.
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