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The best new play award went to John Hodge’s “Collaborators,” a funny and chilling look at authoritarianism based on the relationship between Soviet leader Josef Stalin and writer Mikhail Bulgakov.

The prizes were handed out during a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House hosted by Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, currently co-starring in “Sweeney Todd.”

The show featured a live linkup to an Oliviers reception in New York, currently home to a glut of British theatrical talent. According to the Society of London Theatre, a quarter of the shows currently running on Broadway originated in London.

The audience award for most popular play, chosen by public vote, went to long-running favorite “Les Miserables.”

There were special achievement awards for Tim Rice, lyricist of “Evita” and “The Lion King,” and Monica Mason, outgoing director of the Royal Ballet.

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Online: http://www.olivierawards.com/