Katori is first black playwright for Olivier
Katori Hall, a black female playwright, made theatre history last night when she picked up a Laurence Olivier Award for The Mountaintop.
No non-white playwright had ever won an Olivier in the best new play category.
Ms Hall (28), an American, brought her play to London after struggling to find a theatre willing to stage it in the US. The Mountaintop, about Martin Luther King's last night alive, first found a home in Theatre 503, in London’s Battersea, then transferred to the West End.
Rachel Weisz won the prize for best actress in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Theatre, while her co-star Ruth Wilson picked up the award for best supporting actress.