Harry Potter Sets Oliver Awards Record

The Harry Potter awards keep on coming. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has broken all previous records at the Olivier Awards in London. It has received 11 nominations for the UK equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards, and this many nominations is the most for any show in the history of the Oliver Awards. It set new records again when it won 9 awards.

The previous record was 7 Oliver Awards, and that was held jointly by “Matilda the Musical” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. Both were certified successes before they debuted on Broadway. Cursed Child is also set for Broadway as well, with a scheduled debut on April 22, 2018.

The award included Best New Play, as well as acting awards for 3 of its cast. Jamie Parker received the Best Actor award for playing Harry Potter. Noma Dumezweni’s portrayal of Hermione earned her the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The Best Supporting Actor went to Anthony Boyle, who played Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius. The Best Director award also went to Cursed Child’s John Tiffany.

Other Cursed Child awards included honors for Neil Austin for Best Lighting Design and Gareth Fry for Best Sound Design. Katrina Lindsay took home the Best Costume award, while Christie Jones got the award for Best Set Design.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is set to open on Broadway in 2018, and speculation has increased regarding its potential success in Broadway’s Tony Awards. Given the current critical acclaim it has generated, chances are that it will have a magical Broadway success as well.