J.K Rowling and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child breaks Olivier Awards history. ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ received 11 nominations for the Olivier Awards, breaking the ceremony’s record for the most nominations for a new play in its history. The two-part theatre production – penned by J. K. Rowling – which imagines Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as adults waving their children off to the famous wizarding school Hogwarts, has smashed the record for the annual ceremony after it pulled in an impressive 11 nominations – including Best New Play – today Monday (06.03.17). Jamie Parker – who portrays the grown up version of the titular wand-waving wizard – could be in with the chance of walking away with the trophy for Best Actor at the event next month, but he will need to beat off stiff competition from ‘Buried Child’ star Ed Harris, Travesties’ Tom Hollander and six-time winner Sir Ian McKellen. Although no one from the play managed to creep into the Best Actress category this time around, Hadyn Gweynne, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Rebecca Trehearn and Emma Williams will go head-to-head for their portrayals in ‘The Threepenny Opera’, ‘Murder Ballad’, ‘Show Boat’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’, respectively. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has also managed to worm its way into the Outstanding Achievement in Music category alongside ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘School Of Rock The Musical’. Sheridan Smith – who hasn’t had the easiest of times recently after tragically losing her father to cancer earlier this year – will be pleased to learn that she’s in with the chance of bagging the gong for Best Actress in a Musical for her impressive portrayal of Fanny Brice in The Savoy’s ‘Funny Girl’. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has also secured a nomination for Best Theatre Choreographer thanks to Steven Hoggett, Best Lighting Design due to Neil Austin’s hard work and Best Set Design because of Christine Jones, while Anthony Boyle and Noma Dumezweni bagged nods for Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role.Sir Kenneth Branagh will also be honoured for his contribution to theatre at this year’s awards. Julian Bird, executive producer of the Olivier Awards, said: “In a year of global change, the nominees for this year’s awards demonstrate London theatre’s ability to challenge our perceptions, stir our emotions, and entertain us. The Olivier Awards will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in west London on the 9th April 2017.
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