Record-breaking nine Olivier prizes for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

At the Olivier Awards, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle (both above) won best supporting honours, while Billie Piper won best actress for Yerma.
At the Olivier Awards, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle (both above) won best supporting honours, while Billie Piper won best actress for Yerma. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
At the Olivier Awards, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle won best supporting honours, while Billie Piper (above) won best actress for Yerma.
At the Olivier Awards, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle won best supporting honours, while Billie Piper (above) won best actress for Yerma.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • The Broadway-bound Harry Potter And The Cursed Child shattered records at the Olivier Awards for London theatre in the British capital on Sunday night.

It picked up nine prizes, including best new play, and honours for the actors playing Harry, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius.

The previous record-holders were Matilda The Musical and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, both hits in London before opening on Broadway.

Those shows each won seven Oliviers, which are Britain's equivalent of the Tony Awards.

On Sunday, Jamie Parker took best actor for his portrayal of Harry while Noma Dumezweni won supporting actress as Hermione and Anthony Boyle bagged the supporting actor prize as Scorpius.

Harry Potter also won for best director (Tony-winner John Tiffany) and for its lighting, sound, costumes and set design.

The production had tied the record for the most nominations for any show in Oliviers history, with 11.

Other winners included Groundhog Day, which won best new musical and best actor, for Andy Karl; Jesus Christ Superstar, which won for best musical revival; and Yerma, which picked up nods for best play revival and best actress, for Billie Piper's performance.

Harry Potter, a two-part play that audiences can watch over two days or in a single marathon day, takes place about two decades after Harry's years at Hogwarts, as a middle-aged Harry ships off his son Albus for his first year at the wizarding academy.

J.K. Rowling wrote the story for the play with its playwright, Jack Thorne, and Tiffany.

In going nine-for-11, the show missed only in the categories of theatre choreographer, which Matthew Bourne won for his stage adaptation of The Red Shoes, and outstanding achievement in music, which it lost to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School Of Rock.

In his acceptance speech, Bourne apologised to Harry Potter fans, apparently referring to the fact he had broken the show's winning streak.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is running in London and is expected to open at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway next year. No casting has been announced.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'Nine Olivier prizes for Harry Potter play'. Print Edition | Subscribe