"Harry Potter" play has magic touch at Oliviers

Jamie Parker, who plays Harry Potter, won best actor, Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione, won best supporting actress, and Anthony Boyle, who plays Scorpius Malfoy, won best supporting actor.

The event included performances by Amber Riley, who was also named Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Dreamgirls, as well as Tim Minchin, who played from his musical Groundhog Day, which took home the award for Best New Musical.

The awards, the biggest in the United Kingdom theatrical calendar, were announced at a ceremony held at London's Royal Albert Hall Sunday.

It's already a commercial and critical success, but we'll find out tonight if Harry Potter And The Cursed Child cleans up at the Olivier Awards.

Costume designer Katrina Lindsay, who also won an Olivier for her work on the show, added: "It's always really lovely when you feel like theatre is reaching out to the next generation and it is great that there have been so many non-theatre people coming in to see the show and loving it".

The page, the big screen and now the stage: it seems nowhere is immune to the magic of Harry Potter. Tiffany took Best Director over, among others, himself for his helming of the revival of the Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie", which was on Broadway in 2013. The show won the award for Best Actor in a Musical (Andy Karl), and Best New Musical.

Dumezweni, who plays the grown-up Hermione Granger, said it was "overwhelming and humbling" to get to play Rowling's creation. He's up against Ian McKellen, Tom Hollander and Ed Harris. So I'm not going to dispute what she posted earlier today.

Billie Piper has been named best actress at Britain's Olivier Awards for "Yerma".

Best supporting actress in a musical was Rebecca Trehearn for "Show Boat".

Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber is nominated for three musicals; "Sunset Boulevard", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "School Of Rock The Musical".

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was honored with the Special Award in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to British theater".

Celebrities walking the carpet and handing out trophies included "Star Wars" actor John Boyega, Oscar victor Mark Rylance, "The Good Wife" star Cush Jumbo and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

  • Salvatore Jensen