The Liverpool-born Killing Eve star Jodie Comer has won one of the most prestigious awards in the world of theatre, being named the best actress in a play at the Tony Awards, honouring the best of Broadway theatre.
She was recognised for her one-woman show Prima Facie, which has already won her the equivalent prize at the Olivier Awards in London.
There was more British success for Sir Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, which won best play, best direction, for Patrick Marber, best costume and best featured actor in a play, for Brandon Uranowitz.
The British creative team behind Life of Pi also picked up three technical prizes.
Alex Newell and J Harrison Ghee became the first out non-binary winners of Tonys, with Newell being named the best featured actor in a musical for Shuckled, while Ghee won the best actor in a musical for his portrayal of a gender-questioning musician in Some Like It Hot.
The awards ceremony, in New York, was hosted by the musical star Ariana DeBose, who made it clear that she didn’t have a script, because of the ongoing strike by film and TV writers in the US.
A number of the winners also referenced the strike in their acceptance speeches. Victoria Clark, who was named the best actress in a musical, for Kimberly Akimbo, said “We are nothing without our writers,” and gave them her support in what she described as their “struggle for the contract they deserve.”
Here is the full list of Tony Award winners for 2023.
Best play – Leopoldstadt
Best musical – Kimberly Akimbo
Best book of a musical – Kimberly Akimbo, David Lindsay-Abaire
Best original score – Kimberly Akimbo, David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (music)
Best revival of a play – Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/ Underdog
Best revival of a musical – Parade
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play – Sean Hayes for Good Night, Oscar
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play – Jodie Comer for Prima Facie
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical – J. Harrison Ghee for Some Like It Hot
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical – Victoria Clark for Kimberly Akimbo
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play – Brandon Uranowitz for Leopoldstadt
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play – Miriam Silverman for The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical – Alex Newell for Shucked
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical – Bonnie Milligan for Kimberly Akimbo
Best scenic design of a play – Tim Hatley & Andrzej Goulding for Life of Pi
Best scenic design of a musical – Beowulf Boritt for New York, New York
Best costume design of a play – Brigitte Reiffenstuel for Leopoldstadt
Best costume design of a musical – Gregg Barnes for Some Like It Hot
Best lighting design of a play – Tim Lutkin for Life of Pi
Best lighting design of a musical – Natasha Katz for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best sound design of a play – Carolyn Downing for Life of Pi
Best sound design of a musical – Nevin Steinberg for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best direction of a play – Patrick Marber for Leopoldstadt
Best direction of a musical – Michael Arden for Parade
Best choreography – Casey Nicholaw for Some Like It Hot
Best orchestrations – Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter for Some Like It Hot
Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theatre – Joel Grey and John Kander
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award – Jerry Mitchell
Regional theatre Tony Award – Pasadena Playhouse
Tony Honours for excellence in the theatre – Victoria Bailey, Lisa Dawn Cave and Robert Fried