AMERICAN-THEMED PLAYS SWEEP BRITISH THEATRE PRIZES

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LONDON :Productions about gay men in New York City, friendship after the September 11 attacks and love in Mississippi dominated Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards for best theatre.

In a distinctly American-themed night, “The Inheritance”, a play about the generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis, was joint overall winner with four awards: best new play, best director (Stephen Daldry), best actor (Kyle Soller) and best lighting.

Written by Matthew Lopez, the two-part play transposes EM Forster’s classic 1910 novel “Howards End” to modern New York, where a group of young, ambitious men ponder their existence and the previous generation’s legacy.

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