Harry Potter and the Cursed Child "shattered records at the Olivier Awards for London theater here on Sunday night, picking up nine prizes, including best new play," the New York Times reported. J. K. Rowling wrote the story with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. The previous record was seven Oliviers, shared by Matilda the Musical and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is expected to open at the Lyric Theater on Broadway next spring.
The London production took honors for best new play, director (Tiffany), actor (Jamie Parker), supporting actress (Noma Dumezweni), supporting actor (Anthony Boyle), lighting, sound, costumes and set design. The production had tied the record for the most nominations for any show in Oliviers history with 11, the Times noted.