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Clybourne Park and Once triumph at Tony Awards

Monday 11 June 2012

Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris's stingingly satirical play about race relations in a Chicago neighbourhood, was named Best Play at the Tony Awards last night (10 June) at the star-studded ceremony at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

The play, which was published by Nick Hern Books alongside its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in September 2010, has already picked up a plethora of awards including the Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

The Tony Award for Best Musical was awarded to Once, the new musical written by NHB playwright Enda Walsh, which was the runaway success of the night, picking up a total of eight awards. It is now tipped for West End transfer.

Success at the Tony Awards caps a brilliant few weeks for NHB playwrights in the US after Nina Raine's Tribes won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play as well as Best Play at the Drama Desk Awards.

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