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Matilda wins record-breaking 13 prizes at Australian Helpmann Awards

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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British musical Matilda has scooped a record-breaking 13 gongs at the Australian Helpmann Awards 2016, winning every single category it was nominated for.

The Royal Shakespeare Company production was lauded with all seven musical theatre awards – including best musical – and a further six in categories including costume, lighting, design and sound.

Writer Tim Minchin, himself Australian, was honoured with best original score, while the show also won best direction for Matthew Warchus, best choreography for Peter Darling and best music direction for Stephen Amos.

Best actor in a musical went to the show’s Miss Trunchbull, James Millar, while the best actress prize was presented to all eight rotating Matildas: Molly Barwick, Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas and Ingrid Torelli.

Both musical supporting actor prizes were won by Matilda, too, with Elise McCann winning best supporting actress and Daniel Frederiksen getting best supporting actor.

The 16th annual ceremony, which celebrates the best in Australian theatre and performance, also saw British choreographers Andrew Wright and Arlene Phillips nominated – though both were beaten by Matilda.