Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins record-breaking nine Olivier Awards

The Pottermore News Team

Jamie Parker wins Best Actor at the 2017 Olivier Award for his role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Jamie Parker wins Best Actor at the 2017 Olivier Awards for his role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. David M. Benett / Contributor/ Getty Images.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has cleaned up at the 2017 Olivier Awards, taking home the most awards of any show in the ceremony’s history.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won nine trophies at the 2017 Olivier Awards – the most prestigious awards in UK theatre.

The eighth Harry Potter story scooped a record-breaking 11 Olivier Award nominations, and broke yet another Olivier record when it took home nine – the most ever received by a single production in the awards’ history, including Best New Play, picked up by playwright Jack Thorne, and Best Director for John Tiffany.

Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle won Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role respectively for their roles in the critically-acclaimed West End production.

Cursed Child actors Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle, with their Olivier Awards.
Cursed Child actors Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle, with their 2017 Olivier Awards. David M. Benett / Contributor/ Getty Images.

The play also won for Best Set Design (Christine Jones), Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay), Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry) and Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin) at the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

This has already been a huge year for the production; Cursed Child recently won eight WhatsOnStage Awards, three Critic’s Circle Awards, and Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender told Pottermore, ‘What became clear last night from everyone involved in Cursed Child who went up on that stage, is that this is a production that is full of love – for the work, for the characters and the people we work with.

‘Everyone involved in the production embarked on this journey for the same reason, to tell a beautiful story about courage, love, loss and family through the art of theatre and the power of imagination. As producers, we couldn’t be prouder of every single person who has helped bring this remarkable story to life. Thank you to our incredibly talented creative team, our fantastic cast and backstage team, everyone front of house at the Palace Theatre, and of course our wonderful audiences who come on this adventure with us night after night.’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up where the Deathly Hallows epilogue left off, with Harry an overworked Ministry of Magic employee, as well as a husband and father. The play explores how Harry wrestles with his past and how his youngest son, Albus Severus, deals with the heavy burden of the family legacy.

The play opened at London’s Palace Theatre in 2016 and is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

Sonia Friedman, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Colin Callender
Sonia Friedman, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Colin Callender, at the opening night of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The next wave of Cursed Child tickets will be available on 25 April 2017. For information on the play, or to book tickets, visit the Cursed Child website.