March 6, 2017


'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Play Breaks Olivier Award Nominations Record


J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise will add a new breed of accolades to its magically expandable trophy room next month. With a record-breaking 11 Olivier Award nominations for an original production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is all but guaranteed to reap some becrowned statues.

The Oliviers are to London's West End productions as the Tonys are to New York City's Broadway show. In 2008, Hairspray also got 11 nominations, albeit for a preexisting show.

Potter's Olivier Award nominations consist of:

–Best New Play
–Best Director (John Tiffany)
–Best Actor (Jamie Parker as Harry Potter)
–Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy)
–Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger)
–Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin)
–Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry)
–Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay)
–Best Set Design (Christine Jones)
–Outstanding Achievement in Music (Imogen Heap)
–Best Theatre Choreographer (Steven Hoggett)

See what Cursed Child is competing against with the full list of nominees.

Groundhog Day, a musical headed to Broadway shortly, got eight nominations. The 2017 Olivier Awards go down April 9 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Next, flash back to the Back of the Class podcast talking about the Cursed Child's release as a hardcover book: