‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ conjured up some magic on Sunday night, winning nine Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. This breaks the record for most wins previously set by ‘Matilda the Musical’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, who were tied with seven.
The play also won awards for cast members Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), who was named Best Actor; Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), named Best Actor in a Supporting Role; and Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), who received the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Director and co-writer John Tiffany also won the award for Best Director.
Other notable winners were ‘Groundhog Day’, which took home awards for Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl, and ‘Dreamgirls’, with former Glee star Amber Riley taking home the honors for Best Actress in a Musical.
But the night undoubtedly belonged to ‘Cursed Child’, the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga. With the play headed to Broadway soon, its record victory is sure to add to the ever-growing demand for tickets, with shows on the West End reportedly sold out until next year.
The complete list of winners can be found here.