Accio Olivier Awards—Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Breaking Theater History


 

It doesn’t matter where Harry Potter plays, in cinemas, books or theaters—it’s always bound to attract glory, be it Quidditch, the battle of Hogwarts or the more recent Olivier Awards held in London.​
A stage adaptation of J.K Rowling’s world of wizards and witches, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child scooped record breaking awards on 9th April, Sunday at the Olivier Awards Ceremony 2017. The cast and crew reportedly turned their record number of 11 nominations into record number of awards won (9 in total).

The awards swiped included Best New Play Award for the theatrical installment of the Harry Potter series, Best Supporting Actress and Actor in Play for Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy) respectively. While, Jamie Parker, who played Harry Potter won the award for Best Actor. John Tiffany, competing with his own self for ‘The Glass Menagerie’, took away the trophy for Best Director.
Upon delivering his acceptance speech after receiving the award, Tiffany affirmed “The power of imagination is infinite, we need it now more than ever.”
On the other hand, Noma Dumezweni, who is seen playing an adult Hermione shared words about her refugee background, “May 17, 1977, I arrived in this country as a refugee child. My sister and my mother….it is going to be 40 years that we are celebrating being in this country — family, it is all about family, being safe, being in your safe place.”

She further added, “Thank you J.K. Rowling for creating Hermione and…the privilege of being able to play Hermione is overwhelming and humbling,”
The play also bagged the Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design and Best Set Design awards. Being nominated for 11 categories and winning 9 out of them makes this play one of the most successful production in the history of Olivier’s Awards.
It’s no secret that the Cursed Child has already sold millions of copies, breaking records, while the stage version racked up millions of tickets in performances that constantly remained sold out. The performances by each of the actors surely gave Hamilton’s organizers a run for their own money.

Previously, the record belonged to Matilda The Musical, with a win of seven awards in 2012. The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time, which was produced a year later had followed Matilda as the “Most Decorated Production in Ceremony’s History”.
This spell-binding victory of the show has been confirmed as the “Biggest Olivier Awards Ceremony” to date. Hosted by none other than Jason Manford, the ceremony is set to broadcast at 8PM on Tuesday, 11th April. If you are outside the UK, you can stream the ceremony at the same time on Facebook or YouKu.

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