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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.

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