Penned by the esteemed J.K. Rowling, the theatrical installment of the saga of the Wizarding World, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, won a record nine Olivier awards, as announced on Sunday.
According to The New York Times, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picked up prizes for best new play as well as accolades for the starring cast.
Jamie Parker, in the eponymous role, took best actor for his portrayal of Harry Potter, while honors went to both Noma Dumezweni for best supporting actress as Hermione Granger and Anthony Boyle for best supporting actor as Scorpius Malfoy.
The Cursed Child also brought in best director for John Tiffany and landed technical staff awards for lighting, costumes, sound, and set design.
The production has tied the record for most nominations of any shows in the history of the Oliviers, the London West End’s version of the U.S. Tonys for live theater. The show received 11 nominations, and won nine of them.
Dumezweni thanked J.K. Rowling for creating the character of Hermione Granger, saying:
“The privilege of being able to play Hermione is overwhelming and humbling,”
Parker, previously seen on Broadway in The History Boys, thanked the shows “resolutely enchantable audience.”
Justifying this overwhelming support for what many have dismissed as “fan fiction,” Radio Times reviewer, Kasia Delgado wrote of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
“The stagecraft is mind-bogglingly clever and creative … the dementors will continue to haunt my dreams.”
Variety ascribed renewed intercept in West End live theater on the success of The Cursed Child, and lauded the Society of London Theatre for “recognizing the debt.”
Kenneth Branagh, who played Gilderoy Lockhart in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, also picked up a special achievement award from the august body on Sunday night, according to Broadway World. The ceremony will be broadcast in the U.K. on ITV on Tuesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. GMT, and viewers outside the UK will be able to stream the ceremony on Facebook at the same time (4 p.m. EST).