Olivier Awards: Harry Potter play makes theatre history with nine gongs

Anthony Boyle won best supporting actor for his Scorpius Malfoy character, while John Tiffany was named best director, beating himself in the category for his show The Glass Menagerie.

The widely acclaimed production also won in the Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design and Best Set Design categories.

BBC reported that Jamie Parker, who played as the grown-up version of Harry Potter in "Cursed Child", has won the Best Actor award at the event.

The two-part play was a strong favorite to win a clutch of awards, with 11 nominations in all.

Did you get a chance to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage, or read the stage play?

Andy Karl was named best actor in a musical for his performance in the lead role, made famous onscreen by Bill Murray.

"The power of imagination is infinite", director John Tiffany said in his acceptance speech.

"JK Rowling has created such rich characters and has created this fantasy universe full of so much humanity. yes we do magic on stage and the magic is wonderful but it goes back to the characters and the storytelling.and this fantasy world affecting people's lives so deeply, it's just the most awesome thing". It depicts Harry and his friends as adults and follows the adventures of their offspring at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Parker was pitted against six-time champ Sir Ian McKellen ("No Man's Land") and two other Olivier rookies: Ed Harris ("Buried Child") and Tom Hollander ("Travesties"). And comic Tim Minchin, 41, might be wishing yesterday would keep repeating itself after his Broadway adaptation of film Groundhog Day won best new musical.

Piper won the best actress award for her performance in "Yerma" at the Young Vic Theater.

The play has garnered critical acclaim and proven to be extremely successful with theatergoers, with many Harry Potter fans traveling from overseas to see the live performance.

National Theatre of Scotland's production of Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour was named best new comedy, while former Glee star Amber Riley took home best actress in a musical for her role in Dreamgirls.

Noma Dumezweni won an Olivier Award for her role as Hermione.

Best musical revival was "Jesus Christ Superstar".

  • Salvatore Jensen