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The Play That Goes Wrong among Brit winners at this year's Drama Desk Awards

The awards recognise outstanding achievement in New York theatre

Michael Urie hosted this year's event
Michael Urie hosted this year's event

Brits were among the winners at last night's Drama Desk Awards at the the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, New York.

The annual award ceremony celebrates the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theatre in New York.

National Theatre of Scotland's production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart won the award for Unique Theatrical Experience. David Greig's piece takes place in a specially designed pub in the Chelsea district of New York and sees the cast dance on the tables and interact with the audience throughout.

Many of the design categories were won by Brits: Nigel Hook for his sets for The Play That Goes Wrong, Jane Greenwood for her costumes in the play The Little Foxes, Catherine Zuber for her costumes in the musical War Paint, and Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin for their sound design in The Encounter.

Andy Karl, who originated the role of Phil in Groundhog Day when it opened at the Old Vic last year, beat Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon) and Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd) to the award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

Elsewhere, Oslo, which opens at the National Theatre in September, won the award for Outstanding Play, and Irene Sankoff and David Hein's Come From Away won three awards including Outstanding Musical.

Othello actor Daniel Craig lost out to Kevin Kline for Outstanding Actor in a Play while Laura Linney won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for The Little Foxes.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 won four awards including Outstanding Director of a Musical (Rachel Chavkin, tied with David Cromer for The Band's Visit), Outstanding Set Design for a Musical (Mimi Lien), Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Bradley King), and Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Nicholas Pope).

Hello, Dolly! took home the award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Jitney won Outstanding Revival of a Play.

Click here to read a full list of winners on TheaterMania