A hip hop rendering of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton on the London stage is not, on paper, an obvious candidate for critical acclaim.But tonight Hamilton, having already won adulation from audiences, was confirmed one of the most successful musicals with the theatre establishment, winning a record-breaking seven Olivier awards – the most ever for a production that originated overseas.The haul equalled Matilda’s record for the most Oliviers won for a musical.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unstoppable American juggernaut, one of the most popular productions to ever grace the West End stage, triumphed in the vast majority of the ten categories in which it was nominated, including best new musical and outstanding achievement in music.Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named best actor in a musical beating co-star Jamael Westman who plays Hamilton, while Michael Jibson, who plays King George III, won best actor in a supporting role in a musical. The cast of Hamilton celebrate a successful nightCredit:David Benett/Getty He said of Hamilton: “I think it’s taken popular culture and taken the theatre of story telling and taken it to a different level.”It’s like nothing anyone has ever seen before. People are just keen to see it and learn more about it and listen to the soundtrack.” The haul for Hamilton equalled Matilda’s record for the most Oliviers won for a musical Other big winners included the National Theatre, which staged something of a comeback after a few low-key years, winning five awards, its biggest number since 2012.They included best revival for Angels in America and best musical revival for Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad fame, won best actor for his role in Network, based on the 1976 Oscar-winning film, which tells the story of a TV anchor whose on air meltdowns become a ratings hit, and Denise Gough won best actress in a supporting role for Angels in America. Cranston said of Network: “It was written over 40 years ago, it’s an enormously prescient story. In the 70s, I think it was written as a farce and now in 2018, not so much of a farce.”The media is maligned, there are some challenging things, specifically in my country, that need to be addressed, and through art, I think that’s really a way of communicating to society that change is possible.” Picking up the first award of the night, for best play, Butterworth joked that it was about time he won another Olivier as the last time he won 22 years ago (for Mojo) and he had since broken the award.He said later: “When the audience stands up at the end of the play, that’s the award.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The play was based on the story of Donnelly’s uncle, who was killed by the IRA.Shirley Henderson won best actress in a musical and co-star Sheila Atim won best actress in a supporting role in a musical for Girl From The North Country.Imelda Staunton, who was nominated for the best actress and best actress in a musical categories for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Follies respectively, went home empty handed.Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, the “underdog” of this year’s awards, which was plucked from the stage in Sheffield for a West End run and starring previously unknown actors, was nominated for five awards but could not compete with the bigger beasts. The production also secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards.On arrival at ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, Jibson described being in Hamilton as “one of the most exciting experiences” of his career and said it had been “a real honour” to be a part of the production. The Time’s Up movement – which is campaigning for an end to sexual harassment – had a signifiant presence on the red carpet, with leading women including Donnelly and presenter Meera Syal accompanied by activists. Cranston, who wore a Time’s Up pin, and said “the idea that older white men are controlling the world and having free reign is over.”The ceremony was hosted by Catherine Tate. The production secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards The Ferryman, an IRA drama by Jez Butterworth, won three awards including best new play. Sam Mendes won best director and Laura Donnelly, Butterworth’s partner who was pregnant for much of the run, won best actress.