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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ wins a record 9 Olivier Awards

The Harry Potter sequel nearly swept the Olivier Awards.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Apr 10, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 6:01 pm CDT

Last year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took London’s West End by storm, and now it’s returned from Hogwarts with an enchanting (and record-breaking) nine Olivier awards.

The Olivier Awards, essentially the U.K.’s equivalent of the Tonys, were given out Sunday night. Cursed Child beat previous record-holders Matilda and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which had seven Oliviers each.

Noma Dumezweni won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal as Hermione Granger-Weasley and brought up that she was a refugee child and the importance of families finding their safe place in her acceptance speech.

Noma Dumezweni on arriving in the UK as a refugee

Noma Dumezweni, who was initially the target of online racists because of her casting as Hermione Granger, was named best supporting actress for her role in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Olivier awards on Sunday. She uses her speech to highlight the fact that she arrived in the UK as a child refugee 40 years ago

Posted by The Guardian on Monday, April 10, 2017

Cursed Child won all but two of the awards it was nominated for. Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy) won Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively. Cursed Child was named Best New Play while director John Tiffany (who helped create the story with J.K. Rowling and playwright Jack Thorne) was awarded Best Director. Cursed Child also brought home awards for Lighting Design, Sound Design, Costume Design, and Set Design.

Other notable 2017 Olivier winners included Doctor Who and Penny Dreadful actress Billie Piper for Yerma and Glee’s Amber Riley for Dreamgirls.

Cursed Child is tentatively slated to debut on Broadway in 2018. It’s only a matter of time until we see if it can charm American fans as well.

H/T Vulture

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2017, 9:22 am CDT