Harry Potter triumphs at Olivier Awards

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a stage adaptation of J.K Rowling’s fantastical world of witches and wizards, has cast a magical spell at the Olivier Awards, scooping nine wins at Britain’s big night for theatre. The critically-acclaimed production, which opened last year in London’s West End,
received 11 nominations and its victorious haul on Sunday has made it “the most decorated production in the ceremony’s history”, according to awards organisers. The eighth story in the Harry Potter series, the play follows Rowling’s young boy wizard and friends Ron and Hermione into adulthood.
It took best new play, best actor, best actor and actress in a supporting role as well as best director. “The power of imagination is infinite,” director John Tiffany said in his acceptance speech.
 “We need it now more than ever.” Jamie Parker, who portrays the older Harry, won best actor, fended off competition from the likes of Ian McKellen and Ed Harris. Anthony Boyle, who plays Scorpius Malfoy, to win best actor in a supporting role while best actress in a supporting role went to Noma Dumezweni, who plays an adult Hermione. “Thank you J.K. Rowling for creating Hermione and…the privilege of being able to play Hermione is overwhelming and humbling,” Dumezweni said. The play also won best lighting design, best sound design, best costume design and best set design. Other winners at the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall included children playing instruments in “School of Rock”, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the 2003 comedy film, who won in the outstanding achievement in music category. Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was honoured with the Special Award in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to British theatre”.

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