Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the West End play that debuted last July and gave Potterheads everywhere brand new material to obsess over, has broken the record for most Olivier Award nominations for a new play. The show has scored a whopping eleven noms, BBC reports.
(That’s right, everyone, eleven—the age at which Harry discovers he’s a wizard. Coincidence? MAGIC IS REAL.)
Written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Cursed Child was marketed as the eighth installment in Rowling’s magical saga, in which Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco Malfoy are adults whose children are attending Hogwarts. The script was published in book format last summer, appropriately becoming available on Harry’s birthday, July 31st.
The show has enjoyed consistently sold-out performances since opening in July, and a Broadway run is scheduled to begin in 2018.
Here are all the nominations Cursed Child picked up today:
- Best New Play
- Best Director (John Tiffany)
- Best Actor (Jamie Parker as Harry Potter)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger)
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy)
- Outstanding Achievement in Music (Imogen Heap)
- Best Theater Choreographer (Steven Hoggett)
- Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin)
- Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry)
- Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay)
- Best Set Design (Christine Jones)
This is surely going to make tickets even harder to come by.
Though the Harry Potter films from Warner Bros. were huge box office successes, none ever won Academy Awards. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, however, which hit theaters in November, broke the streak when Colleen Atwood won her fourth Best Costume Design Oscar for the film.
The Olivier Awards ceremony takes place on April 9th—how many wins do you think Cursed Child will pull off?
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